Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day.

On April 12, 1951, Israel's parliament proclaimed Yom Hashoah U'Mered HaGetaot (Holocaust and Ghetto Revolt Remembrance Day) to be held on the 27th of Nissan, which falls on April 21st this year.  The name was later changed to Yom Hashoah Ve Hagevurah (Devastation and Heroism Day) and is now currently shortened to Yom Hashoah. 

Yom Hashoah was declared a national public holiday in 1959 in Israel.  In 1961 a law passed that closed all public entertainment on Yom Hashoah.

Yom Hashoah is generally observed with the lighting of six candles to represent the six million, speakers, prayer, and singing. 

I encourage you to find out what is going on in your community today for Yom Hashoah and to participate, listen, learn, and remember.

Here are some links on the Holocaust and Yom Hashoah.  



Cristine said...

Thank you for posting this!

Cecil Hershel said...

I Love You Honey!
Never Again!

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Jamie said...

Great post...I honestly had no idea what today was. I happen to think of the Holocaust on a regular basis actually but today I will be particularly aware. <3

Listen Up, MoFos! said...

We will never forget. I plan on teaching my daughter, it's the only way to change the future, learning from the past. Thanks for this thoughtful post.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you posted this. I'm going to blast your post out on Twitter.


Anonymous said...

our school hosted two holocaust survivors today who both gave amazing presentations. one of the women was part of a camp that hid in the woods for several years. (a movie called defiance was made about this particular group of people.) glad you posted this.

The Food Librarian said...

Thank you for posting. Never again!!

Emily said...

Thank you for the reminder.