Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, signed a cooperation agreement with Memorial de la Shoah in Paris yesterday that provides the Israeli institution with photographs of many of France's Holocaust victims.

The agreement will enable Yad Vashem and the French Shoah Memorial - the largest research and information center in Europe dealing with the history of the Jews' genocide - to gather documents jointly and exchange copies of documents accumulated in each other's archives over the past 50 years. The document exchanges will enable each institution to increase its collection.

Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev and Shoah Memorial director Jacques Fredj signed the agreement.

Pursuant to the agreement, Yad Vashem has already received some 7,000 photographs of Jews who were murdered in Auschwitz. This doubles the number of pictures of French Jewish Holocaust victims in the institution's archives and will enable it to attach a photograph to many Holocaust victims' Pages of Testimony.

The photographs have been scanned and are now available online in the Holocaust victims' database on Yad Vashem's Internet site.

Yad Vashem's database contains 78,000 names of French Holocaust victims, including many gathered by Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld, a member of the committee that runs the Fondation pour la Memoire de la Shoah. Some 26,000 of the victims have had Pages of Testimony filled in by relatives. However, the institution previously had photographs of only about 6,000 of them.