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Yom Hashoah

Antony Blinken in Holocaust Day speech recalls past State Department obstruction of bids to save Jews

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations are by their nature calls for accountability for atrocities past and present.

Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, used the occasion to take his own department to task for its neglect of Jews during the Nazi era, and to call for action on behalf of the persecuted today.

Blinklen, delivering the keynote address Thursday at the event organized by...

Growing up in Anne Frank’s shadow, my kids have known about the Holocaust since before they could speak

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — On a country road steeped in spring blossom, the 5-year-old in the backseat asked a question that sent shivers down our spines.

“Did the farmer plant those trees around his house because his family’s Jewish?” he asked us, his parents, pointing at a farmhouse we passed along the way.

I knew immediately what he meant.

“What do you mean?” I asked anyway.

“So people...

GOP lawmaker marks Holocaust remembrance day by likening child mental health bill to Nazi laws

By RON KAMPEAS

(JTA) — Daniel Cox, a Maryland Republican in the state legislature, said he would mark Yom Ha’Shoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, by voting against a bill that would allow children to consent to mental health care.

Cox said his mask had a picture from the Nuremberg trials printed on it, and compared the bill to the Nazis’ infringement on “the rights of parents.”

“One of the things...

Israel marks Yom Ha’Shoah with sirens, silence

Israel’s sirens wailed for two minutes earlier today and the nation stopped what they were doing, stood in reverent attention and remained silent.

The ritual, which did not occur last year due to the lockdown, returned again as drivers pulled over to the sides of the road, opened their car doors and stood silently next to their vehicles.

Israel’s i24 News network captured the moment from various venues such as...

Yom Ha’Shoah virtual event airs tonight; registration required

The Greater New Orleans Jewish community is invited to join tonight, April 8, in a virtual memorial to Yom Ha’Shoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, at 6:30 p.m.

The centerpiece of the program administered by the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial Committee is to honor those Holocaust survivors who settled in New Orleans as well as their progeny.

The link to register for the program is required. The link can...

‘Remembrance is constantly evolving’: This year’s Yom Hashoah Holocaust memorials are forced online by the coronavirus

By TOBY AXELROD

(JTA) — For more than three decades, thousands of teenagers from dozens of countries have trekked each April to Auschwitz to learn about the horrors of the Holocaust.

This year, they’re staying home. With the coronavirus pandemic making travel and gatherings impossible, the March of the Living, like so much else, is taking place exclusively online.

So are countless other memorial programs developed for Yom Hashoah, the...

‘Solidarity in a Disintegrating World’: Israel remembers the 6 million Jews murdered during Holocaust

By ARYEH SAVIR

(TPS) – The State of Israel marked the beginning of Yom HaShoah, its national Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, on Monday night with an official ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.

The state ceremony was pre-recorded without an audience at the Warsaw Ghetto Square at Yad Vashem due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions requiring social distancing.

The ceremony included remarks by Israel’s President...

A love affair that made him risk everything: Poland’s oldest rescuer of Jews reveals an epic WWII story

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — Today, at 100 years old, Jozef Walaszczyk is Poland’s oldest living rescuer of Jews.

But he was fortunate enough just to survive World War II. As a partisan fighter who specialized in smuggling arms in Nazi-occupied Poland, Walaszczyk assumed that the Gestapo would catch up with him at some point.

He just expected it to happen on the field of battle, not while...

Zoom Holocaust Memorial talk aired at noon on Sunday

Rachel Korazim, Ph.D., a noted Holocaust scholar, will appeared on Zoom today, Sunday, April 19, to speak on the topic “Facing Absence” as part of a Yom Hashoah commemoration.

The virtual gathering sponsored by the Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust and Remembrance Center from Cincinnati, Ohio required the Zoom application and for viewers to submit an online registration.

“We need to understand that they (Holocaust victims) did not just disappear...

U.S. Holocaust Museum to hold Yom Hashaoah ceremonies on Facebook

The United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. is hosting a virtual Days of Remembrance Yom Hashoah event on their Facebook Live page at 10 a.m. CDT on April 21, 2020.

According to the website, the event will have to be held over the Internet due to social distancing and the regulations that prohibit large public gatherings.This year’s event will feature Holocaust survivors and their tributes to lost family members...