Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day

Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day begins Monday evening, April 7, 2021 to April 8, 2021

This from My Jewish Learning website: "The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is 'Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah'– literally the 'Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.'  It is marked on the 27th day in the month of Nisan — a week after the seventh day of Passover, and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israel’s fallen soldiers)."

From the Hebcal web site:
"Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day", known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah (יום השואה) 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."

"It was inaugurated on 1953, anchored by a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi."

From Haaretz: "The first Holocaust Remembrance Day took place on December 28th, 1949, a year-and-a-half after Israel's independence. The ashes and bones of thousands of Jews were brought over from the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp near Munich. They were placed in a crypt, together with decorated Torah scrolls, in a Jerusalem cemetery".  "The following year, in December 1950, some 70 ceremonies were held around the country".

"But in March 1951, the Knesset decided to take an active role, and set about choosing a new date for Holocaust Remembrance Day."

"In April the Knesset approved the 27th of Nissan, a week after Passover. It remains the date until today."

Today it will be remembered not just in Israel but in America and around the world. 

In remembrance of the victims of that evil, here is I think an appropriate piece by the great twentieth century American composer Samuel Barber, his moving Adagio For Strings.

As we remember and honor all the victims of the Holocaust we must #NeverForget


Sheralyn Beckman said...

As the Prime Minister stated, "Never Again" and may I humbly add, by God's grace and mercy may it be so.


Big Mike said...

Thanks Mrs B! 😀