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Holocaust Remembrance Day

800px-Stroop_Report_-_Warsaw_Ghetto_Uprising_09-635x357Events like this day are often more meaningful in Israel, because they are commemorated by all, rather than people wondering what the day is all about.  Known as “Yom HaShoah”, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, the commemoration starts at sundown, this year on Sunday, April 7th and continues through Monday, April 8th.

It is a day a mourning, with Holocaust survivors lighting six torches at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes Authority, in Jerusalem.  The six torches symbolize the approximately six million Jews who perished during the Nazi Holocaust of WWII.  Prayers are recited, flags lowered to half mast, and places of public entertainment are closed by law in Israel.

At 10:00 am on Yom HaShoah, air raid sirens sound for two minutes.  Everyone stops what they are doing and israel yom hashoahstands at attention.  If driving, you pull over, and get out of the car.  If at a cafe, you stop and stand.  At your place of work, all comes to a halt.  Schools, community organizations, and military bases hold special programs.

I remember stopping on a busy street in Jerusalem, standing at attention, with my head slightly bowed.  Except for the wail of the siren, all around me there was silence.  It was as though the sound of the dead would not keep silence.  Their wail was yet heard.

Wherever you are in the world, you may attend a recitation of poems, or participate in the lighting of a candle, or repeating a mourner’s prayer.  There are books about the Holocaust, and excellent films, as well, which remind us that hatred begins small and grows through ideas, words, and laws.

Today, may we say together, “Never Again”, as we remember both those who perished, and those who lived to bear testimony.

 

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  1. avatar Cubby says:

    Thank you for this wonderful article and I say, “Never Again”.

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