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The Righteous Among The Nations

How To Use The Database of the Righteous

The Database of the Righteous is a work in progress and will be updated periodically as we add additional Righteous from other countries.

It is therefore possible that the name you are seeking is not yet included. A full list of the Righteous recognized by Yad Vashem by January 1 of the current year can be found on the Virtual Wall of Honor: http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/righteous/virtual_wall.asp

The information is based on the documents and testimonies in the files of the Righteous Among the Nation Department. If you have additional information about the rescuers or the rescued persons, photos, documents, or if you wish to correct an error, please write to: righteous.nations@yadvashem.org.il

Searches: The database enables searches by the name of the Righteous (the rescuer) or by the name of the rescued person.

There are two options for searches by the name of the rescuer:

a) Having the Righteous who fit the query grouped by families (in many cases two or more persons in one family were recognized as Righteous).

b) Having a list of all individuals that were recognized as Righteous who fit the query.

Names of Persons are generally spelled the way they were recorded by the witnesses.

It is possible that the name you are seeking is not yet included and will be added when more sections are put online. To check if the person you are looking for was recognized as Righteous and to look for a possible different spelling, we suggest you check the list of the Righteous on the wall of honor: http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/righteous/virtual_wall.asp

Names that were originally written with Cyrillic characters were transliterated into the Latin alphabet.

Rescued Persons: In some cases more than one person was helped by the Righteous. The database contains the names of the rescued persons that were reported to Yad Vashem.

Not all rescued persons survived. In some cases, when the rescue attempt failed, the person that was helped by the Righteous was murdered. We use the term "rescued person" for the sake of clarity.

The names of the Jewish persons helped by the Righteous are linked to YadVashem’s system of spelling and linguistic variants of first and last names. i.e. a search for Levin will retrieve Lewin or Levine, etc.

Names of places Names of places are linked to Yad Vashem’s system of geographic and linguistic variants. Thus a search for Lwow will retrieve also Lviv and Lemberg.

The names of the places will be followed, whenever specified, by their exact location as defined by administrative units (e.g. district, region and country). The administrative division used is the one valid throughout the 1930’ (before nationalist map redraws beginning in 1937). As a result, in the database a specific place will always appear with the same administrative location even if at later stages during the war it became part of another region or country (e.g. Lwow, Poland later Lvov, Ukraine (USSR) will appear as Lvov, Poland). Accordingly, names of larger or cross-border historical units such as Galizia or Grodno Gubernia are not retrievable at this stage having been dismantled after WWI. Others will refer to smaller units with similar names as in the case of Volhynia (Wolyn, Poland), Transylvania (inner Transylvania, Romania) or Silesia (Upper Silesia, Germany).

Nationality: The Righteous are listed according to their ethnic origin and country, as they were reported to Yad Vashem. Due to border changes and to the existence of regions of mixed ethnicities, this may differ from post war definitions. For example, Poles living in what regions of what today is Ukraine, will be listed in the list of Polish Righteous, and their information and stories will be included in the database only after the Righteous from Poland will be added.

This resource may contain some errors which we will correct in the future.