Today is Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Memorial Day – in Israel. Israel is a country that has a unique relationship with the Holocaust and unlike the UK, where HMD falls on January 27th (the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Allied forces) Yom HaShoah was initially supposed to fall on 14th Nisan (in the lunar Hebrew calendar) as the Hebrew date of the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. But, as this date coincides with the Jewish festival of Pesach (Passover), the date was changed to the 27th of Nisan, which is eight days before Yom Ha’atzma’ut, or Israeli Independence Day.
Yom HaShoah has been a national day of remembrance in Israel since in 1953, when it was inaugurated by a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, and the President of Israel, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi.
Yad Vashem (trans. The Hand and the Name) is the Holocaust Martyr’s and Heroes’ Rememberance Authority and Museum in Israel. It has an excellent website in numerous languages that I would strongly recommend to all educators. However, today I will simply encourage you to take a look at this testimony. And remember.
— Yad Vashem (@yadvashem) April 8, 2013