The absent speak and ask that the stories of their sacrifice be told. They ask that an eternal light be lit in the middle of the darkness they fell into starting in 1941 in Bulgaria, Greece, and the former Yugoslavia. Darkness when they waited during the night for their imminent capture; when they were held up for transport in crowded and insalubrious barracks; when they spent days in cattle cars nearly suffocating without idea about their destination nor the reason; when their identity was shredded together with their clothes and the vestiges of their shaved hair; when they entered the gas chambers and the door behind them closed; when all trace of humanity disappeared with the light.
A list of the names of the victims from each country, except Sefarad (Spain), can be accessed by clicking on the name of the country. The lists are a work in progress. The two main sources for this memorial are the Central Database of the Victims of the Holocaust at Yad Vashem — the Holocaust Heroes’ and Victims’ Remembrance Authority, Jerusalem, Israel; and The Holocaust Survivors and Victims Database at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, USA.