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welcome everyone thanks for joining us today .welcome to the center for jewish history's family  .history today series of genealogy themed public .programs my name is moriah amit and i am the  .center's senior genealogy librarian the center for .jewish history provides a collaborative home for  .five partner organizations that together form the .largest archive on the modern jewish experience  .outside of israel in addition the center houses .the ackman and ziff family genealogy institute  .which is where i am based and we strive to .connect researchers to the wealth of genealogy  .resources at the center and to make family .history accessible to researchers of all ages  .abilities and levels of experience whether jewish .or non-jewish while the center remains closed our  .genealogy librarians are still working remotely .and are eager to assist you with your research  .you may continue to engage with us in the .following ways watch our weekly genealogy  .coffee break webinars for a brief dive into a .specific topic in genealogy every tuesday at 3 30  .pm eastern time on the center's facebook page you .can also email us at gi@cjh.org to ask for advice  .on your research questions or to arrange a free .genealogy workshop for your synagogue genealogical  .society or other community group and lastly i .hope you had the opportunity to see some of the  .announcements of our upcoming programs before .we began speaking to learn more about these or  .other future programs please check our program .calendar at programs.cjh.org so a couple quick  .technical notes before we get started you may .have noticed that your microphones have been muted  .and that the chat box has been disabled so to send .us your questions and your comments you will be  .using the q & a box which you should find either .on the bottom or the right side of your screen  .please note that our guest speaker will be .answering your questions during the dedicated  .q & a period at the end of the presentation .so without further ado thank you so much  .serafima for joining us today serafima velkovic .has been working at yad vashem for 15 years  .as researcher in the reference and information .department of the yad vashem archives division  .ms velkovich has been closely involved in the .indexing and digitization of names material  .from eastern europe in yad vashem's databases she .also lectures on the use of yad hashem resources  .for genealogical and historical research to .various groups and participates in international  .conferences and films on holocaust themes miss .velkovich is a phd candidate at the hebrew  .university of jerusalem and i'm very pleased to .welcome serafima from israel which is i guess you  .could say one of the silver linings of this era .that we get to hear from great speakers all over  .the world including miss velkovich so welcome .thank you so i i just started to to express my  .gratitude to center for jewish history and .specifically to moriah amit for organizing  .this meeting and for inviting me and today i .want to speak about geological sources at the  .yad vashem online databases and i'll be glad to .answer questions in the end i'll start from um  .explanation more general explanation about .yad vashem databases and after that i want to  .uh to show how to search in the yad vashem online .databases so yad vashem is holocaust and martyrs  .and heroes remembers authority and primary part .of yad vashem's mandate is to gather material  .regarding all those members of the jewish people .who were murdered and to perpetuate their names  .established as remembrance authority in 1953 by an .act of the israeli parliament knesset yad vashem  .was entrusted with the task of commemorating .documenting gathering and researching the shoah  .of the six million jews murdered by the german .nazis and their collaborators the destroyed jewish  .community the heroic ghetto and resistance .fighters and the righteous among the nations  .uh who risked their lives uh to save jews yad .vashem was established in 1953 but already in 1946  .the institution was open for the first time but .uh its activity was postponed because of the war  .of independence in israel in 1948 and the death .of the first director so officially it was opened  .in 1953 as i told and uh in 2004 the holocaust .victims database was uploaded online for the first  .time what does it mean yad vashem the name comes .from the bible isaiah book and i'm quoting and i  .shall give them in my house and within my walls .a memorial and a name that shall not be cut off.who were the six million murdered in the holocaust .the number doesn't convey who they are who they  .were where they lived information about their .family what their dreams were how they died  .or whether and how they are actually related to .us david berger a 22 years old electrician from  .vilna who was shot to death by the nazis in .1941 shortly after sending these words in  .one of his formal postcards to his girlfriend .elsa who immigrated to palestine i should like  .someone to remember that there once lived a .person named david berger so one of the main  .tasks of yad vashem activity is to .collect the nameless holocaust victims  .and for me as a researcher it's .very important not only to collect  .the names but also to collect kind of small .pieces of puzzle from different resources  .to uh recover and to understand more uh who were .these people because only names it's not enough  .to learn about holocaust victims and i want to .show you how we work and how it is important to to  .try to collect as much as possible about holocaust .victims i want to show you a map of your pre-war  .europe and you can see here the numbers and the .color the dot is color the last name we were  .able to discover that means that um way of nazi .action in in during the holocaust was different  .in the western europe in the in eastern europe .in the western europe jews were taken to the  .transportation and they were sent to the east to .the camps and ghettos they were not killed at the  .place where they lived and in this transportation .they were recorded so we have almost all the names  .of the jews who were holocaust victims from .such countries like germany france austria and  .some several else countries but the easter we are .going the less names we could discover and it also  .means for us the way of our work so where .we should uh search more and where we should  .work more so uh please remember with this map .i'll explain a little bit uh about our project  .and it will be important to to remember .this map because it's connected to our work  .today database currently contains over .7.5 million records relating to the over  .4.8 million jews noted and also to hundreds .of thousands of jewish people persecuted in  .those final fate is still to be determined that .means that in some cases we have several records  .about the same individual and it's also database .consists of about 40 of pages of testimony  .which nowadays we we have about 2.8 million items .and this collection nowadays is part of world  .heritage of unesco uh to the pages of .testimony it touched about 180 000 photos  .and we are really happy that nowadays public .sent us more and more photos because it's  .very easy nowadays to communicate and to to .send digital uh files about sixty percent of our  .index names uh arrive from archival material .from uh yad vashem archives which are uh also  .collect materials from uh all over the europe .and different archives and we have as original  .materials as copies from other archives about .a year ago uh we uploaded very important uh  .tool that what uh developed in our database .it's called clusters and i want now to explain  .how it's important for us and how we can work .with it and you also can work with it and help us  .in the past when you search some name family .name and first name in the database you receive  .different records each record separately so you .can see that you can nowadays you can choose what  .you want to see records and documents or you .want to see results by individuals and victims  .so when you choose victims you receive .less record but you see that in one  .record you have several together so that what .we called cluster it's kind of virtual folder  .where we put all the records about the same .victims together and it help us to work on  .these records and to know more about the fate .of the victim i want to show you how it works  .so for example when you have several records about .the same person and you enter one of the records  .you see all of the records together and .you see content of this record and you can  .work with that in the past when we only started .with this project we did clusters uh manually  .and we managed to put together only records .without exactly knowing if it was the same person.nowadays we are doing it also manually and at .the same time with special machine program and we  .managed already to find about uh 330,000 clusters .this is an example about cesaro uh cesari luzad  .luzato who was a general in italian army .and he was holocaust victim you can see many  .different materials about this person including .photographs and pages of testimony and archival  .materials and you can compare these records .about the person and to learn about his fate  .in some cases we have materials we have all .kind of places where we don't know for sure  .what is the final fate of the victim it can be .list of deportation it can be a list of uh some  .inmates in the camp or in the ghetto and we know .that uh the fate of this person on specific date  .we don't know what's happened to this person .in the end of the war the cluster allows us to  .compare different records about this person and to .actually to estimate what happened to the person  .if he survived or he was killed at the same time .as the yad vashem database is not genealogical  .database with family trees it's it's a database .of commemoration so we don't have in many cases  .connection between brothers each record is .separately about a specific victim so via these  .clusters we can uh look for example who filled .out pages of testimony in some cases there are  .different relatives who filled out and they did .not know that the relatives also filled it out  .and have many cases when people could locate .their relative their third uh they were killed  .for example during the holocaust and we organized .family reunion and it's very very touching event  .of overs so our goal also to engage public to .help us so you can choose record that you think  .uh about the the same person you can press plusses .on the right side and you see um that victim added  .to the list and you can compare the records to .decide if these records are about the same person  .sometimes uh we cannot do it automatically because .for example only relatives can can know that  .some person had some nickname at home or some .person had for example some jewish name that are  .not appears in official materials so sometimes .only family members can can be sure that these  .documents are about the same person because .of that it's so important for us uh to receive  .feedback and to communicate with uh with the .public so you can send us a cluster suggestions  .we are online forum and our staff members .receive this suggestion and they check if  .exactly about the same person if there are .enough evidence that this is the same person  .if yes it's uh these records are put into the um .same virtual folder and upload as cluster already  .actually um all uh new uploadings are on .the yad vashem website each three months  .and unfortunately each changes that you are .sending online also once in three months because  .um new upload is not only in the names database .it's connected to all the databases together  .so it's unfortunately we cannot do it .uh more times so now i want to show you  .how to use online database actually a really .technical things because we have now genealogical  .genealogy meeting it is important for .me to teach you how to use our databases  .if you are going to yad vashem website to digital .collections you are entering shoah names database  .and you enter the central database of shoah .victims names so what we have nowadays online  .there are records about people who we know .for sure were murdered in the holocaust  .there are records as i mentioned already .about individuals who were holocaust victims  .but we don't know their final fate from this .document and also there were records about people  .who were part of the evacuation and of population .by the soviet authorities before the arrival of  .nazi troops there are about nine hundred thousand .uh indexed names from such list of evacuation  .uh these lists were uh completed in the beginning .of 1942 and actually in general we know that  .majority of these people survived but in the .evacuation they also were in difficult situations  .sometimes and there were people who died there .from all kinds of circumstances and there were  .men who were drafted to the army and killed in .military service so in not in each case we can  .know what happened to this person unfortunately .so i want to mention that records about survivors  .are still not online uh but we planning to upload .it sometimes it's rather difficult because of the  .uh privacy issue we're working on it .in a in the beginning of the next year  .really close we are starting to upload step .by step records about survivors as i mentioned  .the privacy law sometimes restricts the uploading .but we are trying to upload as much as possible.how to search in yad vashem database from .the point of view names and geography  .yad vashem hall of names developed a very .um unique database of synonyms uh usually  .in genealogy databases is sorted by uh all kinds .of tools like sound alikes and so on so we have a  .very specific system of synonyms that means it .doesn't matter how you spell the first name and  .the last name what language do you write it .it can be either latin alphabet or cyrillic  .or hebrew alphabet all the variants of .the same name is connected one to another  .and when you search one variant you are receiving .all the variants that connected to the same name  .so speaking about family names and first names .the same synonyms data we have in a geograph  .geographical location database so you know that .borders actually moved many times in europe  .before and during the war so um we decided .that our geography databases we stated on the  .date of the beginning of world war ii .september 1939 that means that such town like  .lvov which nowadays is uh in the ukraine .in our database mentioned as a polish  .polish town in galicia and it doesn't matter .what language do you write the name of the town  .like lvov or lviv or lemberg you'll receive .all the variants together of the same town  .and here you can see the example of bratislava .which is the capital of slovakia it was named in  .german pressburg and in hungarian it appears as .pozhian so it doesn't matter in which language  .you are searching this name you're seeing all .the material that's connected to this place and  .this is very important to mention for us because .when you're searching i i ask you please always  .choose synonyms you have to choose the you have to .uh to choose their synonyms or exact uh spelling  .choose all the synonyms and it's very helpful in .in your search so here for example i search one  .name epstein amata and i want to show uh how it's .important to compare different reference different  .records about the same person if you want to .enrich the picture and reconstruct different  .details about the same holocaust victim that .we have so i received three three records  .one of them is a list of .murdered jews from austria  .and we see that we have here the transport number .and transport date this person lived in [...]  .and was transported to ghetto lodz .and we know the exact address in [...]  .from the other record from lodz ghetto .we can learn your address in the ghetto  .and by using our database we can compare who else .will with here together at the same address which  .are family members actually at the same time .very important resources page of testimony  .because if we look at the submit information you .see here in this case that her son fill it out  .that means he was a survivor and we have we .have his address and if we want to apply him we  .can find unfortunately yad vashem very seldom can .help to find and to trace submitters but we advise  .people to apply to the international red cross .and in each country they have their own branch  .and they help to locate people nowadays so .if you research some small places small towns  .and you want to see all the victims that are .recorded from the same place you can work with  .a long list and here for example i searched a .place [...] this is a small town in poland and  .i want to show how to work with that i advise not .to work this way with the big cities because it's  .too complicated data but here's the case that uh i .received 13,000 results it can be really possible  .so you press the red button and refine your search .and here you can um actually play and manage with  .your table that you received you can choose all .uh different family names or first name that you  .want to check you can choose a kind of material .that you want to check for example only pages  .of testimony or on the list of murdered people .you can choose the final fate of of the victim  .if this person were killed in military service or .this person was killed in the ghetto for example  .so it's very helpful to to to research big data .when you press um the name you're receiving  .the scan and the information inside so .when you press more details you can see  .the index data so pages of testimony for example .are existing in 14 languages and it's all of them  .are translated into english and index in many .cases i see online and all kind of community  .people ask to translate pages of testimony so .really look in our database it's translated  .already and it's really helpful to understand .what's written there because sometimes they're  .very difficult to read handwriting so well if you .see some mistakes or some uh you want to send us  .some correction you can press the button correct .uh correctional additions i only need to mention  .that we don't change historical document that .means if you see for example date of birth  .in the page of testimony that from your point of .view is not right we cannot correct it because  .this is information that's submitting you and this .is for us historical information so if you want to  .to correct it and to change it we are asking to .fill out the new page of testimony and we'll put  .it together to new cluster when we receive from .you the new information we also asked to send us  .some kind of evidences if you have some um .birth certificates or marriage certificates  .or anything about this person that can be .evident about this dict so if you want to see  .all the pages of testimony filled out .by the same submitter you need to click  .on its submitter's name and you received .all the names submitted by the same person  .only be careful please because if the name of the .submit is common speech you'll receive all the  .pages connected to the same name and that doesn't .mean that this is the same person you need to be  .careful with the geographical location to be sure .that um it's spoken about this same submitter.now uh if you are going to advance search  .you can uh search by the submitter of the pages .of testimony or sometimes submitters of um records  .from the memorial books in many cases i .image people who told me that their parents  .filled out pages of testimony but nowadays they .don't know what were the names of the victims  .so we can search by the submitter name and rest .of all the materials uh related to the same family.now um hall of names is part of the yad vashem .archives and uh yad vashem archives has really  .reached a resource for holocaust research .and nowadays it consists of 217 million  .pages of documentation a hundred thirty .three thousand testimonies of holocaust  .survivors from different uh databases we have yad .vashem testimonies we have also testimony from  .some other sources for example um spielberg .foundation testimony from um usc shoah foundation  .um we have 510,000 photographs in the photo .archives and as i mentioned already 4.8  .million names of holocaust victims .which are recorded in hall of names  .i want to show you how to work with online .archival database so one of the goals of yad  .vashem is to make available all the materials that .we have but not always it's possible unfortunately  .i explain why so we actually scanned uh about .85 percent of our original material that we have  .we also have many um materials that are called .digital copies from different archives in europe  .uh sometimes according to agreement with the .other archives we cannot upload scans we only  .can upload metadata that means that you sometimes .can see digital explanation about the document  .but you cannot see the scan you need to apply us .and we will send if we have it or if if it can  .write to send if they can't uh send it we can just .forward your request uh to explain you where to to  .apply to original archives to receive the copy .so if you're going to digital collection and to  .document archives you can search online .i advise you to go to advanced search  .and to be um really creative because you need to .search by the keywords and then depends on your  .needs what you want to search and here for example .i i wanted to show you how to search for example  .letters from warsaw so i choose letters in the .title and i'm i'm choosing uh warsaw in the places  .as i told it can be written in different languages .here i typed it in english it also can be typed in  .um in polish but please make sure the .geography you don't type in hebrew it  .doesn't work geography can be only in cyrillic .and latin languages because it's very difficult  .to understand sometimes in hebrew what is .region because some small for example polish  .towns very difficult to read for technical reasons .if you want to put in search of title two keywords  .uh you need to write letters and and this end .is for technical um is technical tool to to  .search two keywords together so i'm searching here .letters from Warsaw and i found a 21 letter which  .existing online as i mentioned in inside database .you have much more materials but unfortunately  .nowadays it's it's not available you're welcome .to apply us if you don't find anything online  .so if you uh enter specific item you consider an .explanation about this item letters um requesting  .assistance sent to relikoff by paul's in warsaw .for example and you have you can see also the scan  .here this is a letter written in polish in warsaw .in 1942 and um we unfortunately don't translate  .original materials you have a short resume about .the item uh made in our [...] department but  .uh the whole document is not translated you .need to work with the regional languages  .so photo archives um consists nowadays of three .parts uh there are photographs from the photo  .archives itself uh you can search uh here also .photograph attached to the pages of testimony  .in the hall of names and also photographs .which i attached uh to the materials in the  .department writer some other nations so in whole .you have here about uh 400,000 photographs online  .and also the searching it with them word and in .the in the middle uh and you you can search by the  .name by the geographical place by some keyword .that of the phenomenon that you want to share  .here for example i choose to search children and .dp displaced persons there is a huge collection  .of um dp camps and specifically about children uh .made in the [...] after the war and you can see  .very touching beautiful photos of children now .i want to show you two very important projects  .one of the yad vashem departments is holocaust .international holocaust research institution  .they have many interesting projects um of research .and one of their project is deportation database  .so if you remember the map in the beginning of my .presentation i mentioned that that there are two  .uh different um ways of acting in western europe .and in eastern europe so in western europe when  .uh when jews were taken to the transport they .were recorded so in this deportation project  .are my colleagues researching these transports .and uploading the information online i'll show  .you how to work with this database you can search .here by the place geographical place for example  .that you know that somebody was said to ghetto .lodz from western europe and you can use also  .this line of the dates to choose specific .data transportation so just for example i  .search here lodz and i choose one transport so .inside you have an explanation of this transport  .you have um a part of holocaust survivors .testimonies who were in this transport you  .have a transport route an interactive map .and uh many many additional details like a  .agencies of deportation statistics resources uh .bibliography references to archival materials  .it's really a very rich um academic research .project um and it's it's uh very useful not  .only for researchers also for family members when .you want to know what's happened to a specific  .person because sometimes the transportation .is the last known event of holocaust.another very important project uh so you .are going with research you are going to  .project and you are entering the um project of .international institute for holocaust research  .and what i want to show you .one more very important project  .which are dealing with the territory of former .soviet union where i told you that there are no  .records so nazis uh took jews in the places where .they lived they took them to some kind of forest  .or some places next to this town and they .killed jews and they didn't record any names  .so uh sometimes in small places when all the jews .were killed them there wasn't somebody anybody to  .uh to record their names and to tell that story .because of that this project called untold stories  .and we are speaking about killing sites so how .this project is built uh we are speaking about  .the project which is continue doing their work .and that means that not all the towns you can  .find here but they add all the time additional .information and you can in the future try to  .to search once more we're speaking here about .some towns in the urals ukraine lithuania russia  .and there are some parts of in belarus for example .that before they were part of poland so i just  .advised to check this town exist here or not to .be sure so uh i'm choosing by the community or by  .the country and and place and here for example .i choose the town called babrusk in belarus  .so what information we have here there are three .parts of this project first of all they describe  .uh the life of the community before the war .and what happened to the community into what  .period before uh between two world wars and what .happened to jews in general during world war ii  .so after that they researched [...] so they took .different resources written testimony of holocaust  .survivors german reports and also very important .source is [...] it's called soviet extraordinary  .commission it was established in 1943 and members .of the commission entered just after the red army  .to liberated places and they recorded the damage .uh of the soviet territory uh the record at least  .of murdered people and also damage that happened .in this place so you can see here for example  .um one of the reports of einsatzgruppe .b from december 1941 that shows  .uh the way that nazi acted i'm quoting therefore .by carrying out a specific special action a total  .5,281 jews of both sexes were shot the town of .babrusk and its nearby area is now free of jews  .so these were german reports and to know .names of holocaust victims we really work  .hard and one of the main uh sources as i told .soviet extraordinary commission but different  .archival leads and pages of testimony well we're .trying to find more names from these territories  .uh the third part of this project is commemoration .so after the war when a holocaust survivors um  .came back to these places uh they wanted .to commemorate holocaust victims and um  .just after the war in the end of forties .they managed to establish a monument  .which was written that this monument is for .uh jews who were killed and sometimes this  .was written in the yiddish there but um really .rather fast uh soviet authorities restricted this  .because they uh realized that all the monuments .are about jews and they wanted uh this more  .general so in each place uh the on the monument .it was written that is for uh soviet citizens  .uh who were killed by german fascists and .only after the destroying of soviet union in  .the beginning of 90s jewish communities were able .to build new monuments and nowadays in many many  .places you can find monuments even with the names .of victims and with the commemoration of jews  .one more very important database in the yad .vashem website is righteous among the nations  .we are speaking about gentle people .who risking their life helped  .jews to survive nowadays there are about .um 27,000 righteous among the nations  .uh existing from all kind of countries .in europe the majority of them um  .the biggest number of righteous are in poland uh .about 6,000 and you can search in this database  .or by uh the name of survivor or by the name of .rescuer at the same time if you want to uh learn  .uh the the stories of surviving in specific .town you can choose it by town for example here  .i searched by [...] this is town in lithuania .and you can see that there are 126 results not  .from not only from [...] but also from some small .towns surrounding it when you enter specific name  .of of rescuer you can see the story of survival .you see the story you see the personal details  .of the rescuer and you also can see when uh .the recognition was and where this person was  .commemorated if you visited yad vashem um campus .uh you saw many trees with the names of righteous  .among the nations but fortunately there are more .names than we have places for trees and last year  .it was built a garden of the righteous and name .of the righteous among the nation are we are  .putting to the wall of honor inside yad vashem .campus, of course so if you if you find that the  .file that you're interesting for you you can .apply to yad vashem archives you can see here file  .number uh the last uh line in this document and .with this number you can apply us and we'll send  .you the whole folder with the documents if you .want to learn about some specific uh phenomenon  .topics or places connected to the holocaust .you can enter video testimony resource center  .you can choose here by topics or by places there .are not whole testimonies they're only small parts  .several minutes when describing a specific place .for example if you want to learn about it you  .can enter to to listen here at the same time .you can enter digital collections and to see  .survivor's testimonies and i need to mention that .actually all the testimonies are not online and we  .really wish to upload it but it's it's rather .hard task it's technically hard but it's also  .some restrictions first of all not all the .survivors um allowed to upload their testimonies  .so sometimes there are privacy issues .sometimes there are different agreements  .as i told already with different archives so .what you are doing now there are about 200  .testimonies which we uploaded already .online it's searchable these are rather  .fresh testimonies taken last years and survivors .uh gave us a permission to upload it online  .uh it's very helpful for research because .you have here uh to search by specific  .terminology keyword also and uh when you search .by some for example you write ghetto you're  .receiving all the testimonies uh where this .word appears and on specific minute where it  .appears you don't need to search you can enter .exactly to the minute where this word appears  .at the same time we have a company that helps .us to work these testimonies and this kind of  .translation tool similar to google translation .it's not perfect translation i have to mention  .but majority of these testimonies are in hebrew .and if you want to listen it and to understand  .at least the context and general information .i think it's that um the google translation  .is enough for that and it's really helpful .we also have youtube channel where you can  .listen to the lectures and also part of the .testimonies and many additional information  .which are really useful i want .to tell you more also about  .one very important project that we have it's .called gathering the fragments so this is yad  .vashem project that we started about uh nine years .ago and we decided that we need to help people  .in surviving the holocaust related materials .because we discovered that in private homes in  .israel specifically there are a lot of documents .and artifacts of holocaust victims and survivors  .which need to be conservated restored and we .applied to private person with a request to  .donate us so during these nine years we received .about 300,000 items from 13,000 submitters  .people arrived to yad vashem yad vashem staff .members also arrive to private homes to some  .community centers and receive these items there .are photographs letters art materials and also  .footages anything that connected to holocaust .but what is very important for us not only to  .collect these materials and also to collect the .story because if we just receive some photographs  .it's it's important to to uh to put it to our .database because it's connected to the holocaust  .but just the uh the photos doesn't say anything we .need to know the story so we ask the submitter to  .tell us the story that's connected to this item .and how this person related to this item and who  .are the holocaust survivor that's related to this .item and it's very very important because as you  .remember in the beginning i started from that that .i need to as a researcher i need to collect small  .pieces of puzzle to know the story of holocaust .victims this is one one of the ways to collect it  .to ask family members to tell and not always it's .easy to tell such story but in many cases we are  .receiving a really interesting story connected .to some um items you can read some stories  .in our website and uh as an example i can i can .give an example that there were many zionist  .young people in 30s who immigrated to .former palestine israel future israel  .from poland for example and they were in charge .with their family members so nowadays their family  .keeps letters receiving from europe and .sometimes in many cases these are last  .letters sent by holocaust victims and only by .using these letters we can really reconstruct  .what was the family how they lived and how they .connected to the people who are living nowadays  .it's very important for us so um sometimes .people uh for people really are difficult to  .donate original material because they .want to keep it next to their heart and  .they donate us um scans some digital copy .and actually how we work with materials we  .uh it goes through cauterization process uh if the .state of the materials is bad it arrives to our  .laboratory for conservation after the digitization .and um we load it online it's also we make it  .available for researchers or family .members to see it online on our website  .and this is really important for us so also i .need to mention database of arolsen archives  .so uh arolsen archives is very very big archives .in germany in bad arolsen which uh former name  .is a international [...] service this is separate .archives it's not yad vashem but yad vashem is the  .official copy holder of their materials they have .separate uh website but their names database was  .uh developed with the help of yad vashem tools .so it's common project of yad vashem and arolsen  .archives and their databases nowadays online .really growth and searchable by names also  .they have many many holocaust related .materials to jews but in general this is  .a tracing service and they have many materials .about non-jewish victims of nazi persecutions.if you have a any questions or requests .you are really welcome to apply to our  .reference information service and you .see here the email where you can apply  .you also can apply via internet form on our .website and we are trying to help everybody  .we are answering all the inquiries sometimes .it takes about a month because we're really  .busy especially nowadays that we're dealing .only with them online inquiries and when  .our reading room is closed but we are trying to .help to everybody and you're welcome to apply us  .thank you so much for that very thorough overview .um i hope people got a lot out of it i know i did  .um but people have also been um very i .know people have been very engaged because  .questions have been pouring in throughout .your talk so um i'm happy to try to select um  .sort of the most relevant questions amongst .those i'm going to start with a positive one.related to the uh shoah names database how can .people share uh success stories when they've  .uh reconnected with um uh relatives long lost .relatives through through your resources yeah  .uh if you found your relatives we are .really happy to listen to such stories  .because it's very touching always and it also .shows us that our work is comes to people it's  .not only you know database with the names it's .also a very interactive database so you can  .apply us and send a story and we can forward it to .other departments to to work with that thank you.ah an interesting question are there .databases that yad vashem has that  .can that can only be used on like on-site at .yad vashem not not from someone's home computer  .yeah i just mentioned that inside database .is much larger what we have in our  .offices and in the reading room unfortunately .nowadays it's not available so if you don't find  .anything online please apply us we'll search and .if we find we'll send you because unfortunately  .nowadays it's impossible to arrive okay yeah that .makes sense i mean all a lot of all repositories  .are dealing with this right now yeah maybe i need .to mention also that these days we are doing also  .zoom meetings with our clients so if you need .some consultation you can write to us your  .request and we'll just make an appointment .to meet in zoom and to help you to search.okay so there are a number of .questions about pages of testimony  .first of all how can someone submit a page .of testimony can you can you clarify that the  .website yeah on the website you can download the .page of testimony um you actually can fill out uh  .electronic page of testimony but we don't really .like it we like when you download it and to sign  .your with your handwriting because for us it's .important historical document to see handwriting  .of the maybe it's a little bit old-school old .style but to see a handwriting of relatives  .that are connected to this person and to see sign .original sign not electronic sign so if you have  .an opportunity to download to print it out and .to send us by post it would be better for us but  .anyway electronic version often exists and pages .of testimony can be downloaded in 14 languages  .and they can send a photo as well with the .testimony right of course of course it's very  .important i think also anyway usual visual image .is very important to understanding who person is  .okay and uh if you have already records online as .i mentioned you can send suggestion or addition  .you just can send scanned record uh via this form .but or if it's difficult you can send by email  .hence photo and to mention to where which document .it should be attached okay so this is how you can  .add photos to testimony pages that are that are .already in your database yes yeah or by you can  .send by email but i think easier way to just .to attach it to online document and our staff  .members it's not automatically our staff members .work on it and after that the people who applied  .receiving confirmation that it was attached and .then sometimes it will be uploaded online okay  .um let's see oh an interesting question about um .survivors so you talked about the how -- is there  .going to be a separate survivor database or are .survivor information going to be uploaded to the  .the shoah names database we don't have separate .database okay it's the same database it's just  .um uh there are a lot of information .about survivors inside in our database  .not on the website but we have .also intranet that is available  .it's in the reading room um and it will be .the same database in the Shoah names database  .because also uh survivors are also victims of the .holocaust they survived but they also were victims  .and um uh so the other my other question for .you is where is that survivor information coming  .from what what are some of the sources oh there .are a lot of sources okay first of all uh yeah  .we have different lists a couple lists .of survivors made made just after the  .war from end of the 40s for example where .survivors arrive all and back for example  .we have also as we have pages of testimony .about holocaust uh killed victims we have um  .it's called survivor questionary um it's kind of .form which people can fill out about survivor and  .people can still submit you can send that it also .can be downloaded online and people can send us  .okay uh survivor is the person who were in europe .during world war ii and who survived who were  .alive uh uh in the end of 45 and somebody uh if .somebody immigrated in thirties before world war  .ii he is not survivor in our meaning does he have .to does that person have to have um been in europe  .till the end of the war or what if they what .if they left sometime in the middle of the  .war it's very standard some sometimes yeah .that people left in the middle of the war but  .what i mean if somebody uh left europe before .world war ii started he is not surviving  .our meaning okay but uh if somebody uh for .example kinder transport they're survivors  .okay well they left the end of thirties right .38 39 so it depends but i mean uh if person uh  .went through the war in in war um was um alive .in the end of 45 uh he is survivor if person  .died for example from them all kind of illness .in the in the summer of 45 uh he's a victim for  .us not survivor i mean um we consider this person .that he died because of the holocaust okay got it  .okay um continuing on the theme of .survivors um do you have uh can you speak  .about um yad vashem's dp camps records .oh oh yeah this is my lovely topic  .yeah um yeah first of all yad vashem has its own .original collections about dp camps for example  .bergen-belsen camp in british zone there is huge .collection um there is also a very big collection  .of dp materials in arolsen database which we are .using very actively and there we have dp cards  .of of holocaust survivors um it depends very much .where a person was in which dp camp for example if  .somebody was in in italy more materials existing .in jdc archives not in the yad vashem archives  .but if they were in germany in british zone .there are a lot of materials in our database  .so it depends from the camp to camp you need .to search by the name not by the collections  .okay uh and of course as i mentioned there are a .lot of lot of very touching beautiful photos of  .small babies and people who survived in many cases .these [...] are not with names because they were  .made by uh all kind of officials for actually .for proposals of um reports what happened there  .but you can search by the name of the camp to .see which photographs connected to to the same  .dp camp okay thanks um okay let's see uh oh a .couple of questions about sort of mechanics of  .searching um is there a way for people to access .yad vashem's synonym lists like the synonyms for  .names no no no this is inside this is actually .a database that we invented and we're using it  .but it doesn't need if you search something as i .mentioned if you search in for example in german  .language some family name you're receiving all the .spellings of this family name that's existing in  .our database and the same as uh connected to the .first names as an example i can say for example  .name abraham existing in almost nine more than .900 variants because in the different languages  .different nicknames and different all kinds of .spellings it's it's really really very [...].so you would get a sense of the synonyms by .going through the results no no no no no it's  .just a tool it's not it's not a database for .you for public it's a tool for searching okay  .um let's see uh so some of the documents uh .that are that you use as um sources in your  .database contain address um contain people's .addresses yes right um from pages of testimony  .yeah is there any um way to search the database .by address or is there a plan to do that  .uh no you can search by the name of the submitter .and to see where people live unfortunately we  .don't have many cases um people ask us if there .are more information about submitter so the only  .information that we have is what is recorded down .on the bottom of page of testimony for example  .it was speaking about testimony and we don't .have um opportunities to search for these people  .very seldom that we can find we as i mentioned .we advise to apply to international red cross  .right okay but the the rule of international .red cross that we need to apply in the country  .where we live even if you see the person from .israel who submit a page of testimony and  .you yourself live in another country you need .to apply to your in your country not in israel.okay let's see here.um.uh let's see.all right i will go with another another  .question um oh this is a good question .about pages of testimony again um  .uh what if somebody uh has very few details .about the individual that they want to submit a  .page of testimony for like maybe they don't have .their full name or their parents names oh uh  .we ask at least several details last name first .name uh place of residence and age at least okay.sometimes uh submitters doesn't know names of .small babies and they know names of the parents  .it also can be submitted because in many .cases it's very difficult to find out anything  .about babies okay oh there were a couple .questions about the murder sites uh website.does it include a map of all .of the former ussr murder sites  .uh no no okay because it's not it's .a research about specific places and  .uh they continue working but i'm not sure they .will be able to arrive to all of the murder places  .because in some places there are no information .right but the the locations that have been  .um added so far is there a map of .those of course okay of course yeah  .i mean there is no uh whole map of these places in .each place when you entered the research about the  .specific place there is a map there oh but there's .no map that shows all of the locations together no  .you know if there's a plan i'm not sure .that uh yeah it seems to me not but  .okay i don't i'm not sure .let's tell the truth i think no.okay.oh an interesting question so yad vashem has put  .has published um a lot of very important .uh books on the subject of the holocaust.do you uh if someone is looking .for a particular book that is  .out of print now how would you .suggest that they go about finding it.to arrive to our library okay uh it depends what .what is the book if you are speaking for example  .about memorial books that um you probably know .what is that community members published a book  .about the community with the list of murdered .people with the explanation of history of jews  .from these communities and the majority of these .books were published in 50s and 60s and it's  .difficult to find to buy it nowadays but majority .of these books were scanned and it appears in  .a new york public library .online it's very easy to find it  .and nowadays yeah we are searching um online uh .resources to use because libraries are closed  .right so it's very source to use yeah .actually uh you can see library catalog  .online on yad vashem website but there are no .scans because of the copyright issue right okay  .people had questions about other other archives .that have holocaust records is there any.cross-referencing or linking between yad vashem's .database and other and other holocaust databases  .no there are no cross references but first of .all when you find some materials they're always  .written from where the original material occur  .and also i i would recommend to use um .EHRI database european holocaust research  .infrastructure this is very big portal .which are related to holocaust materials  .there are no scanned documents there there are no .names database there but they um have database of.kind of collections and different archives that .are connected to the holocaust all over the  .europe and it's very helpful for research and that .website is can you can you spell that again please  .it's called EHRI european holocaust .research infrastructure so i would say ehri  .right but they have portal they have it's it's .very easy to find by google search okay oh  .there are a number of questions about donating um .artifacts or you know whole an entire photo album  .um yeah how would people go about doing that yeah .actually um what i'm talk talked about together in  .the front this very big uh project is in israel .but we uh several times um i went uh abroad  .right there it's rather difficult to and staff .members and so on so this department has some  .specific channels with them delivery companies if .somebody wants uh to donate you need to apply to  .our this department given the fragments the .email uh is collect@yadvashem.org and the  .if you want to donate you need to apply and say .that you want to donate they'll explain you how  .to do it actually to be sure that materials .arrive not just by post it's not a good idea.if you want to donate digital scans the same .way to apply to this department they'll explain  .what to do okay that's probably the best the .best way in general like if you have questions  .about donations just just email the department .first and they'll help you out right let's see.have interesting have non-jewish .people donated artifacts for example if  .items were left in the with with individuals um.you know neighbors let's say and .then those items were never recovered  .do you ever receive those kinds of donations .um we i don't know exact examples now but  .i'm sure that we have such donations i .only need to mention that yad vashem um.doesn't buy holocaust related materials we only .receive donations so this is important i think to  .make definitely i'm not familiar with this but .somebody raised the question of shoah connect  .that used to connect people with a .submitter's email does that still exist.um to tell the truth i don't know what is .it okay if if somebody wants to provide his  .email address or telephone number in submitting .information they're right but it's not necessarily  .somebody doesn't want to give his .personal information also we cannot  .engage people to do it because uh we uh we .say that these are materials are uploaded  .online maybe somebody doesn't want the email .online i don't know right i don't know such  .database yeah i'm not familiar with that one .either so i can't speak to that um let's see.okay so there seems to be be a number of questions .about um uh searching the database by place rather  .than by name can you i know you you talked about .that during your presentation but can you just  .review quickly how how somebody would do that yeah .just to type in a geographical location in this  .place and to search but uh i would say it's .too complicated search if you're searching  .specific people it's better to search with the .personal details and yeah to be sure that you  .arrive to the right uh results but sometimes .people just want to learn about specifically  .victims from specific place so that they .can search by by the geographical location.okay but i really advise to do it with .the small places not with the big cities.um your photo databases that is that .searchable by name as well yes but as i told um  .if these are photos from photo archives .it's in many cases there are no names there  .if uh these photos which are attached to the .pages of testimony it's of course with the name  .so it depends what are the quarters .sometimes if you're searching by name  .you can perceive for example um all the .collections submitted by the same person  .who donated it and you will receive all the photos .from the same uh submitter uh somebody found the  .european holocaust research infrastructure website .so i will i will um let's see over to everybody  .uh let me see how i can for uh i only need .to mention this is very helpful material uh  .source but more for research not for genealogy .usage but anyway if somebody wants to know to  .which archives to apply it can be helpful okay .i will type it in the chat box momentarily.okay you should all see it in your chat box .now thank you if you found because i can send  .yeah yes one of our viewers .found it thank you ellen pemrick.a question about the zoom research support that .you mentioned should yeah um a person should just  .uh email you first and then and then you will .see well so we yeah we suggest um to talk about  .half an hour for free and but it's better .to send us firstly personal details because  .for me as a researcher and consultant it's .easier to know what i need to explain absolutely  .it's better to have some advanced uh knowledge .before going into a consultation absolutely  .yeah and of course to take into account that .uh our time differences oh yes definitely.okay there are so many .questions but i just i don't.okay does yad vashem have records of .jews who served time in russian jails.i'm getting i'm assuming this is maybe the .evacuee story that you no this is not the  .evacuee story no this is story of um um gulag .if you know what that's special settlements  .uh for example uh polish jews who fled .easter and who were deported to this  .uh camps it's not the story that actually yad .vashem recorded but majority of these people  .for example polish jews uh who survived .in the surge of soviet union were  .it wasn't a um i mean there's amnesty in 41 and .they were this uh spent war time in the surge of  .soviet union and in 46 they came back to poland .by repatriation agreement with soviet union so  .we can find information about them in the database .of international tracing service arelsen archives  .and we also have um some materials in different .archives uh for example in jewish historical  .institute in warsaw in yad vashem we have .less materials but if these people after that  .immigrated to israel and gave testimony and .submitted pages of testimony so we anyway we  .need to search it depends all the time from the .name to name we need to search by specific case  .oh this is interesting from a coordinator of one .of one of the jewish gen district research groups.can yad vashem provide extractions of records .from jews from from a particular town or  .set of towns to to one of these .volunteer um uh project coordinators  .actually this is the question about specific .uh town to the director of hall of names  .but in general what i can say .about it that our database is  .free you don't need registration it's all the .time it's it's not stable all the time we put  .something else yeah if somebody wants .to receive the table with them names  .in several months it can be changed oh yeah that's .true you make updates all the time right yeah  .so it's better to work online with the like like .i showed it with the name of the town and to see  .which records we have today and to check in .the future it's i think it's a better way  .do you have a sense of of um like the rate at .which new records are being added to the database  .like how often records or how many records .per year let's say are added to the  .no to tell the truth i don't know exact statistic .per year okay but really i see that our database  .is everything all the time is enlarged because .of our cooperation with different archives  .and also um because of this material that .we are receiving from the german [...]  .it's all the time really really dynamic .okay that's important for people to know so  .let's say you um looked you searched .for your family you know four years ago  .in the database and you you you didn't find um .many results try again there might be some new  .there might be some new information out there for .sure yeah and we really work uh very closely with  .different archives like i can give an example .of latvian archives they have very well recorded  .materials so starting from 90s with this .cooperation they have so many materials about  .latvian jews including for example passports .of jews from riga from uh capital of latvia  .uh from the period before the war in this .passport sometimes and i met many people who  .for the first time uh find out uh photos of .their killed relatives in these passports.oh i apologize for the typo in my in the website .it should say for those of you who are reading it  .portal.ehri-project project yeah yeah yeah just .a second i i can i can send a link to everybody.thank you there you go.oh so you talked about the arolsen archives.and i i mean i think i can answer .this question but uh some someone  .asked if you need to separately search .the arolsen archives and the answer is yes  .just a second I'll send a link to search are .there um any other um holocaust related websites  .that you highly recommend oh it depends on the .country you know it depends on your searching  .for example if you are speaking about france .i really recommend memorial de la shoah if  .you are speaking about belgium i recommend .memorials [...] with very big uh database uh  .it really depends if you are searching in poland .apply to jewish historical institute in warsaw  .okay so a lot of really a lot of databases are .existing now yeah but we need to remember that  .um there are many cases that it's impossible .to find anything about holocaust victims  .and it for example in warsaw which was destroyed .totally it's very seldom that we can find some  .materials about seeking victims of warsaw ghetto .so anyway we all we are trying all the time yeah.and can you explain your relationship with .the u.s. holocaust memorial museum and how  .that works they're we are partners yeah .um really we are working together on many  .topics as archival representative i can .say that we are working today together with  .european archives to receiving .copies from their materials  .and its common project and there are many research .projects together so partners and people can  .well once institutions reopen people can go to the .U.S. holocaust memorial museum and they can search  .they can they can they have access to a larger .database there than they would from home right  .hmm yeah oh i think they're talking yeah no no .i i'm talking no no didn't understand me maybe  .uh i talked about a couple of exposition when .we arrived to european archives to make copies  .of their of their jewish related materials in some .countries this is common project with ushmm that's  .what i mean but our databases are separate oh no i .think i'm i'm getting confused i think the person  .is who asked that question uh i think .that they're actually asking about the  .international tracing service okay and that is .okay yeah international tracing service database  .many documents are online but not everything .and if you want to apply uh to search there  .you can apply or to arolsen itself or or to .us or to ushmm they're also a copy holder  .right okay all right i think .um we should wrap it up there  .you answered you answered the vast number of .questions that have been that were asked and  .you went above and beyond so thank you so much .and uh you're very welcome just to wrap up can  .you repeat your um email address for everyone .uh let's I'll type it to everybody yeah yeah.it's ref@yadvashem.org.il but uh it's also .possible to enter to our website and to fill  .out online form to apply okay all right well we .really appreciate your time and your expertise  .you're welcome and thank you very much yes .we will definitely be in touch thank you  .everyone thank you very much for your patience .and and thank you for moriah for organizing it.you.

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