List of Holocaust Victims Coming
JERUSALEM (AP) _ The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial will computerize more than 3 million names of Holocaust victims by March _ a project that should provide a major boost to Holocaust research.
The list of names appearing in the Hall of Names will be matched with those on World War II-era Swiss bank accounts to locate accounts that belonged to Holocaust victims, Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev said Tuesday as he announced the project.
The $8 million cost will be shared by the Swiss Bankers Association and the World Jewish Congress.
Two years of international pressure and the threat of U.S. sanctions led the Swiss banks to release the names of thousands of World War II-era account holders. Last August, the banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion to Holocaust survivors as restitution for lost assets.
In all, 6 million Jews perished in the Holocaust.
Yad Vashem has stored in its archives about 10,000 lists containing 20 million names from various locations, including labor camps and Jewish ghettos in Eastern Europe. In many cases, names appear on several lists, Shalev said.
Once the information is computerized, researchers can track individuals along various stations.
``This is really opening up new horizons for researchers,″ Shalev told The Associated Press.