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


Jay L Gordon
 

I am pretty new to the Yad Vashem names database. The problems people are reporting sound like the problems that would come with any crowdsourced clearinghouse of information. I do understand the concern that there could be a lot of bad information mixed in with the good, but short of changing the entire model of data collection, I don't think there's much that can be done. Yes, certainly some denier could latch onto the narrative that this big source of evidence is corrupted by bad data, and that somehow that undermines the integrity of the whole enterprise, but... that's a false narrative and we know that.

Also, I think the user bears some responsibility here. The testimonial sheets look like one potentially useful but also potentially problematic form of data. As a user, I take that for what it is-- I'd need corroborating materials to render that sheet meaningful. I can't speak for anyone else, but in my case, most of my family was already in the USA well before 1920, mostly between 1890 and 1905. So when I research METZENDORF in Bochnia and I find there's a Kalman Metzendorf in the database, all I can conclude is that possibly there's a connection, and that's that. I can't claim I have family I'm certain perished in the Holocaust.

Sincerely,

Jay Gordon

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