Two-thirds of Jews killed in Holocaust identified

December 21, 2010

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JERUSALEM—Israel's Holocaust memorial says it has now identified four million of the six million Jews who were killed by Nazis in the Holocaust of World War II.

Yad Vashem has made the recovery of the names a main mission in order to keep the memory of the murdered Jews alive.

In 2004, it launched a database of victims' names on its website. It had 3 million names at the time and since then has been compiling the names of other victims. It said Tuesday that the database now has 4 million names.

Yad Vashem says names are recovered through people who remembered the murdered Jews and by combing archival lists and other documentation.

The task is especially difficult because entire families were wiped out and documents were destroyed during the Nazi genocide.

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