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Sharing Stories of Yom Hashoah, Israel’s Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day for Generations

Today is Yom Hashoah, Israel’s Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, when people around the world pause to remember the victims who perished in the Holocaust. This year, the historical record of the Holocaust is more rich, accurate and interactive thanks to Yad Vashem, the Jerusalem-based center for remembering the Holocaust’s victims and survivors, which has brought its collections online and asked the public to input comments and personal stories.

Google is supporting Yad Vashem by building the collection site, making it more accessible through search and continuing to update it with new content and technical features:

“We’ve added a new comments page on the Yad Vashem site with a selection of stories like these alongside their respective photographs. We’ve also been updating the site with new features and content. For e.g., to provide better geographical context to pictures in the collection, you’ll now see a small map to the right of the image whenever geographic data is available, such as in this photo of a man in Warsaw, Poland. We also added new footage of the Eichmann trial– a central event in our understanding of the Holocaust during which searing personal testimony from many Holocaust survivors was broadcast on television for the first time, reaching far more people than ever before and enabling people to begin to grapple with the Holocaust’s truths and its memory. You can view this trial now on two YouTube channels, one with the original soundtrack and the other dubbed in English. The channels consist of 474 videos, 400+ hours of video and 875 gigabytes of data. You can learn more about the significance of these trials from short video lectures and a film entitled “A Living Record” on a special microsite,”” informs Google.

[source: google blog]

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