Goodness me, I am getting around

Yesterday (though I didn’t get around to reading it till today) I got a message on Charley’s Facebook page from none other than Yad Vashem, a museum and center for Holocaust research in Israel. Probably THE greatest one of its kind in the world. I’d love to visit there someday; in fact I’d put it on my list of top ten travel destinations.

Anyway, Yad Vashem is attempting to put together an online database of “Pages of Testimony” (that is, data sheets, they look a little like census forms) for every single person who died in the Holocaust. Obviously that’s a pretty huge project and one they’ve been working on for a very long time, since the sixties I think. They have about four million people in this database so far, if you discount duplicate entries. I’ve spent many an entranced hour looking at the individual entries, trying to puzzle out a story out of the information provided.

Members of the public are allowed to contribute. Many of them are relatives of those lost; others are researchers. I myself sent in a dozen or so Pages of Testimony a few years ago, for people whose names I’d come across in the nearly 500 Holocaust books I’ve read. I’d pretty much forgotten all about my submissions until now.

Anyway, the Yad Vashem employee who contacted me wanted to know if I was the Meaghan Good who had sent in the Page of Testimony for a certain individual. I confirmed that I was — I don’t specifically remember sending that entry, but my name and address were on it. The YV person wanted to know if I had any more information about this person. The Page of Testimony had only her name, year of birth, and the place and manner of death.

Alas! I did not. But I am a bit wowed that someone from this wonderful institution would contact me in the first place. It made my day, actually. And I’m pleased that Yad Vashem has been following up on their Page of Testimony submissions.

(Another Page of Testimony related tidbit: a year or two ago I wrote up an Executed Today entry which hasn’t run yet for a young man who was executed in a German concentration camp. I read an account of his death in a Holocaust memoir written by someone who’d witnessed it. I found a Page of Testimony in the Yad Vashem database, submitted by the dead man’s cousin — but his cousin apparently didn’t know how or when he died, only that he had not survived the Holocaust. The sheet included the cousin’s name and address in Illinois. I thought: would it be too forward to write to the man and provide an account of his relative’s death? Would he want to know or would it just upset him? It turned out to be a moot point because a Google search revealed that the cousin had died several years before. I’m still not sure what the proper course of action would be, though.)

Murder charges filed in Holly Bobo case

As several Charley Project viewers were so kind to share with me, charges have been filed in the disappearance of nursing student Holly Bobo, who was abducted from her Darden, Tennessee home nearly three years ago. She was 20 years old. The abduction was witnessed by Holly’s brother, Clint, but he initially didn’t realize what he was seeing: he thought Holly was simply walking into the woods with her boyfriend. It turned out her boyfriend was miles away at the time.

This was a pretty famous case nationally, for a number of reasons: Holly’s cousin is a country music star, her abduction was witnessed, her family was very active and vocal in the search for her, and she is/was a beautiful young woman, blonde and all-American looking. There are lots of photos of her and the camera clearly loves her.

Holly’s accused killer is a neighbor, Zachary Rye Adams, who may face the death penalty if convicted of aggravated murder and kidnapping. He’s already in jail for an unrelated charge of aggravated assault. As far as I know, his name had not surfaced in the Bobo investigation until quite recently.

Investigators haven’t said whether they’ve recovered Holly’s remains, though I’m guessing not, otherwise why wouldn’t they say so?

Next time I update I will, of course, include the new developments. Maybe it will be today, maybe not. I’ve got a cold and am feeling pretty run-down today.

Man indicted in case of missing Tennessee woman Holly Bobo
Authorities may pursue death penalty in Holly Bobo murder case
Tenn. man charged with 2011 kidnapping, murder of Holly Bobo