Re: "Researchers" submitting Yad Vashem Pages of Testimony #israel #holocaust

Miriam Bulwar David-Hay

As a guide at Yad Vashem, and even more so as someone who has spent years researching my family in the Holocaust and has submitted about 40 Pages of Testimony for those whose fates I have been able to document, this information saddens me. I took a look at a couple of the pages submitted by this person and saw what Adam meant about there being no sources and no real information. Some of the pages I saw were for people who already had detailed pages written by relatives in the 1950s, so it is not even as if this was an attempt to list people who had not been commemorated. Of course no one can carefully research 14,000 people. I do not wish to speculate as to what this person’s motives may be. However, I will raise the matter with Yad Vashem. 

Just to answer your question, Adam, on how Yad Vashem categorizes researchers: The answer is, it doesn’t. Anyone can submit a Page of Testimony, and how the submitter defines himself or herself is up to them. “Researcher” simply seems to be a convenient category for people who aren’t relatives. It does not mean the person is a real researcher in a scientific sense. 

All the best,
Miriam Bulwar David-Hay,
Raanana, Israel.

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