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About 20,000 people from throughout the world, including 6,000 from Iran, have visited Yad Vashem's Farsi-language Web site since its launch just 12 days ago.

Dozens of Iranian visitors to the site have sent e-mails to Yad Vashem asking for more information on the Holocaust.

Yad Vashem officials stressed that this is a record number of visitors, and equals the annual number of visitors to the English-language Web site.

The Farsi-language site includes 20 chronologically arranged sections, each of which includes dozens of pictures spanning from the Nazi's rise to power to the post-war trials of Nazi criminals. The site also includes information on Yad Vashem, including its structure, objectives and activities.

"Providing access to credible, comprehensive information on the Holocaust to Farsi speakers is an important tool in the fight against Holocaust denial," said Avner Shalev, chairman of Yad Vashem's directorate.