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Daily Israel Report

Rivlin: We May Never Know All the Names

Knesset members on Thursday read out the names of victims of the Holocaust in a special ceremony
By David Lev
First Publish: 4/19/2012, 12:53 PM

Speaker Rivlin
Speaker Rivlin
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Knesset members on Thursday read out the names of victims of the Holocaust – the names that are known, at least – in an annual event called “Each Person has a Name.” The names of at least a third of the victims are not known, and may never be known, said Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin.

Rivlin, reading the first names, recited the names of infants and children from the village of Shklov in Belarus, where his family hails from. Speaking before the commencement of the name reading, Rivlin acknowledged former MK Dov Shilansky who passed away several years ago. Shilansky was the one who initiated the reading of names of victims of the Holocaust.

“Shklov was where my family, their ancestors, and many other Jews made their homes,” Rivlin said. “It was a center of Jewish life since the 16th century. Even after my family came to the Land of Israel, the history of the Jews of Shklov continued. But in 1941, at the conclusion of Yom Kippur, the Jews of Shklov, who had been imprisoned in a ghetto, were taken out and murdered by the accursed Nazis, and their assistants.”

Although every victim has a name, it was likely that we may never know all the names of the murdered, Rivlin said – like the name of the baby born to Aharon and Yevgenia Kapshisky in 1941, which is not recorded and is unlikely to come to light. The baby's aunt who filled out a Yad Vashem form reporting on victims wrote that “the name is unknown because he is a baby.” Rivlin read that name, as well as other victims' names. “May G-d avenge their blood,” Rivlin concluded.