This year, Yom HaShoah begins the evening of Wednesday, May 04 and ends the evening of Thursday, May 05 and will be commemorated not only in Israel but also by Jewish communities around the world.
Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG’vurah – “Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day” – known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day, is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews and five million others who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period.
Yom HaShoah opens in Israel at sundown in a state ceremony held in Warsaw Ghetto Square at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes Authority, in Jerusalem. During the ceremony the national flag is lowered to half mast, the President and the Prime Minister both deliver speeches, Holocaust survivors light six torches symbolizing the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust and the Chief Rabbis recite prayers.
With the rise of all forms of Anti-Semitism and the voice of the survivors becoming weaker and frailer, it is crucial that we all share in, and commemorate this day and it is our duty to teach our younger generations exactly what happened; what NEVER AGAIN means and why the voices of the survivors and partisan must never be silenced. We must tell their stories, we must keep their memory alive.
“Without memory, there is no culture
Without memory, there would be no civilization,
no society, no future.” ― Elie Wiesel