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Database Facts and Figures

Saturday, December 11, 2004; Page B09

Yad Vashem, the Holocaust center in Jerusalem, launched the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names on Nov. 22.

Since then, more than 2.5 million visitors have logged on to Yad Vashem's Web site -- 25 times as many as in comparable periods before the kickoff. They have come from 162 countries: 39 percent from Israel, 33 percent from North America, 24 percent from Europe and 4 percent from other parts of the world.

Here are other facts about the database at www.yadvashem.org, which is available in English and Hebrew and includes more than 3 million brief biographies of Holocaust victims:

• 2 million names come from testimonies in more than a dozen languages collected by Yad Vashem since 1955. About 100,000 testimonies (5 percent) include photographs provided by family members, friends and local historians.

• 1 million names were derived from other archival sources, including the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and names-collecting projects in different countries.

• The database includes 1,260,256 Jews from Poland; 225,284 from Germany; 198,189 from the former Soviet Union (1938 borders); 163,628 from Romania; 124,591 from Czechoslovakia; and 100,000 from the Netherlands. Many victims' origins are unknown.

• 51 percent are male and 49 percent are female.

• About 460,000 are 17 or younger. Many listings have no age or date of birth.

• The most common last names, including variants, are Cohen, with 55,069 occurrences; Levi, 26,405; Weiss, 22,357; Schwarz, 20,389; and Friedman, 18,737.

• The most common first names, including variants, are Yaakov, with 110,632 occurrences; Moshe, 88,550; Rachel, 88,260; Chana, 86,527; and Sarah, 85,083. Other frequently used names include Avraham, 71,634, and David, 49,159.

• The most common occupations are housewife, 275,764; merchant, 199,609; student, 95,067; tailor, 40,800; and dressmaker, 39,205. Others include doctor, 15,832; industrialist, 2,539; factory owner, 4,002; rabbi, 1,942; and grand Hasidic rabbi, 44.


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