Holocaust survivors' testimonials, as archived by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, are among the 54 new additions to the UN educational and cultural agency's Memory of the World Register.
The collection of "pages of testimony" -- a form issued by Yad Vashem in efforts to document the lives of Holocaust survivors -- was founded in 1954 and contains about 2.6 million testimonials. The forms were filled out by the relatives and friends of the victims. The testimonials are a crucial part of Yad Vashem's project to document the names of all the victims of the Holocaust. So far, the project has recorded the names of some 4.2 million victims.
A collection of Buddhist scriptures written on stones from Myanmar, two rare manuscripts from Nepal and diaries belonging to Ernesto Che Guevara were also inducted by UNESCO into the agency's Memory of the World Register.
The register is not a physical collection but a list. The items in the register remain in their original locations.
The register was established in 1995 and includes 299 unique items and collections from around the world that bear significance on the world's heritage. The Yad Vashem collection is the first Israeli entry in this forum.