The Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA) is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Zvi Bernhardt, Deputy Director of the Hall of Names and Deputy Director of Reference and Information Services at Yad Vashem.

Our organization, as well as many of the individuals that make up our leadership and members, worked closely with Zvi on a multitude of projects over his years working at Yad Vashem, from the earliest days of our organization (and earlier) to as recently as this week. We will miss him, as both a colleague and as a friend.

It is hard to express the shock we feel at this loss. An empty void is left behind in the worlds of Holocaust research and Jewish genealogy, two areas that he worked in and tried to integrate.

To his colleagues at Yad Vashem, and in the many organizations that worked with him, we share in your sorrow.

To his family, we offer our deepest condolences. May God comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

זכר צדיק לברכה

With a heavy heart,

Philip Trauring
President, IGRA