Like millions of others, Eliahu Pietruszka was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II and long thought he was the only surviving member of his family.
Many miles away, the Pietruszka family believed that Eliahu was one of the six million people who perished at the hands of Adolf Hitler and his soldiers.
It was a long time coming, but finally, two sides of the family found out the truth thanks largely in part to the Yad Vashem’s Shoah Victim’s Names Recovery Project.
Yad Vashem’s Shoah Victim’s Names Recovery Project is dedicated to knowing the names of all six million Jewish people who were executed, starved, or imprisoned to death during the Holocaust. So far, they have 4.5 million people documented.
The project doesn’t stop there. They also work tirelessly to give each name a true biography, family link, and any other form of relevant info so that they may never be forgotten.
Yad Vashem’s website proudly declares:
“Since 1955, Yad Vashem has been fulfilling its mandate to preserve the memory of Holocaust victims by collecting their names, the ultimate representation of a person’s identity. . . This is a race against time before those who remember them are no longer with us.”
In many cases, the people aren’t just remembered; they’re found.
That’s exactly what happened with the Pietruszka family.