Hall of Names - Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

Project Name:

Hall of Names

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Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
 

Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, is an independent authority established in 1953 by Knesset Law. Yad Vashem documents the annals of the Jewish people during the Holocaust period to perpetuate the memory and life stories of the Six Million murdered, and to bequeath the heritage of the Holocaust to coming generations through the archives, library, research center, school and museums operating on its premises.To meet the future challenge of commemorating and educating about the Holocaust, and in view of increasing interest in the Holocaust both in Israel and throughout the world, over the past decade Yad Vashem had implemented a multi-year development program. One of the program's main components is the construction of a new Museum Complex at Yad Vashem, which enables visitors to experience visual encounters with stories of the Holocaust and its atrocities. The exhibits, including victims' personal effects, authentic photographs, original works of art and survivors' personal testimonies, emphasize the human side of the Jewish experience during that calamitous period.

At the end of the tour through the Holocaust History Museum, visitors arrive at the Hall of Names. One of the main pillars in the new Museum Complex, the Hall of Names was built with the assistance of the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation. The Hall of Names contains three sections: a space for remembering and personal reflection; archives; and a room to search online for individual names of Holocaust victims.

The memorial space forms the heart of the Hall of Names. Located in the central area, the space consists of two reciprocal cones - one sunken ten meters into the bedrock and the other reaching skyward. On the upper cone, photographs of a small number of victims appear against a background of Pages of Testimony. Between the two cones is a round area with a raised platform in the center. When visitors stand on the platform, the pictures of the murdered look down on them from above, while their faces are reflected in the water at the base of the lower cone. Some equate this structure with a memorial candle, the light of which is never extinguished; others see it as a well from which the victims' never-ending cries are echoed. Many regard the reflected faces as those names still to be discovered, yet all agree that the structure holds deep meaning to be interpreted by each person who passes through the Hall of Names.

The archives are located along the circular outer walls of the Hall of Names, where some 2.5 million original Pages of Testimony are preserved. Visitors are not allowed access to the archives but can see them from the platform. The archives simulate a symbolic resting place for the victims, who were deprived of a Jewish burial. The details traditionally engraved on headstones are recorded in ink on the Pages of Testimony: the name of the deceased, his or her place of birth, and dates of birth and death. The clearly visible gaps on the shelves along the walls await Pages of Testimony for those victims who have yet to be identified by name.

Adjacent to the main Hall is a room for conducting computer searches on Yad Vashem's Central Databases of Shoah Victims' Names. The Names' Database has been compiled using information garnered from Pages of Testimony, archival documentation and postwar commemoration projects. Currently it contains some four million names of Holocaust victims.

With its three areas for contemplation, preservation and research, the Hall of Names ensures that each and every Holocaust victim will be remembered and honored for eternity.

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