Yom HaShoah: Remembering Together When We’re Apart

This week in communities all over the world, people are gathering to remember the lives of those that were murdered during the Holocaust.

Yom HaShoah (also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day) was created by Israel’s Knesset (parliament) as a memorial to the 6 million Jewish people that were killed by the Nazis between 1933-1945.  It falls on the 27th day of the Jewish month of Nisan, the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Every year the Baltimore Jewish Council along with its partner agencies (including the JMM) bring together Holocaust survivors from across the region, along with hundreds of others in the community to commemorate Yom HaShoah.  Even in the face of uncertain times, our community is committed to continuing the tradition as we mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps.

This past Sunday (April 19th) the Baltimore Jewish Council provided an online Yom HaShoah experience, to collectively remember and honor all of those who were lost in the Holocaust.  The experience includes excerpts of video interviews with local Survivors who were liberated from the concentration camps.  View this very moving and thoughtful program:

Below you will find a variety of other community events and resources from around the world.

Throughout April, join Together We Remember for Genocide Awareness Month to remember and experience the power of unity. Tune in for virtual performances and talks hosted daily. The series will culminate in a virtual, global 24-hour vigil on April 30th.

Get involved with TWR through Twitter and Instagram, and see its calendar of events.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum offers a wealth of Holocaust education resources, including remembering survivors and victims of genocide. You can watch their 2020 Yom HaShoah program below:

To commemorate Yom HaShoah, the Claims Conference is presenting online screenings of the films Who Will Write Our History and 116 Cameras. The event is co-presented by the Claims Conference with The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Katahdin Productions, and The Azrieli Foundation.

Each film is also accompanied by a panel discussion with the respective filmmakers, a Holocaust survivor, and others.

View Eva: A-7063: “As a 10-year-old “Mengele Twin,” Eva Kor suffered some of the worst of the Holocaust. At 50, she launched the biggest manhunt in history. In her 80s, she circled the globe to promote the lesson her journey taught: Healing through forgiveness.”

Watch this video on the creation of the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial.

Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, provides a wealth of resources for Holocaust education, documentation, commemoration and research.


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