To mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day this year Yad Vashem once again launched the IRemember Wall on Facebook. The IRemember Wall is a unique and meaningful opportunity for the public to participate in an online commemorative event. By joining the wall, one's Facebook profile is randomly linked to the name of a Holocaust victim from our Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names and then posted to the wall together with the photo and name of the Holocaust victim. Thousands each year have joined Yad Vashem's IRemember Wall.
The IR Wall was originally created in order to provide Yad Vashem's growing international group of Facebook followers a meaningful as well as participatory way to commemorate Holocaust victims. The random linking of one's FB profile with the name and story of a Holocaust victim ensures that even those who don’t have a personal connection to someone who perished, can join and be part of this online commemorative opportunity.
On January 27th, 2015 over 4,000 people from all over the world joined the IR Wall and immediately were able to view a photo of the Holocaust victim they were connected to as well as Pages of Testimony from our Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names providing information (when known) about where the victim was born, family members' names, place of death and more.
Yad Vashem was very moved by many of the meaningful comments people posted:
One participant wrote: "This is my 3rd year connecting to IRemember…it never fails to move me
Sara Plotka was born in Rozan, Poland in 1920 to Shlomo and Fruma. Prior to WWII she lived in Rozan, Poland. Sara was murdered in the Shoah at the age of 22."
Another participant commented, "It is an honour for me to have the chance to get personally involved each year. Without Yad Vashem's wonderful idea I wouldn't be able to spend the days reflecting on that one special person. I think about them all, all the time but it is so special to remember the one person for a short while."
Others wrote, "Always in my heart. We will always remember."
We would like to thank all of you who joined our IRemember Wall this year to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and for sharing your meaningful comments and messages with us.