24 APRIL 2017
Yom HaShoah (
) is a national day of remembrance in Israel, also marked in Jewsih Communities around the world, which honors the 6 million who died in The Shoah (Holocaust) and also those who participated in the Jewish Resistance during the Nazi period. The official name of the day is:
Yom HaShoah veHagevurah
The CENTRAL THEME of Yom HaShoah 2017 is
Day of the Catastrophe/Devastation and Herosim -
יום לשואה ולגבורה
“Central Theme - Restoring Their Identities - the Fate of the Individual during the Holocaust” [Follow LINK]
Education materials for teachers and educators is available from The International School for Holocaust Studies [follow LINK].
Yom HaShoah is both a national memorial day and a public holiday in Israel and is celebrated each year on the 27th day of Nisan. It falls just eight days before Yom HaZikaron (the national memorial day for Israel's soldiers). On Yom HaShoah places of entertainment close and work ceases.
On erev Yom HaShoah, at a State Ceremony at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Center in Jerusalem, the national flag is lowered to half mast while survivors light six candles (in remembrane of the 6 million who died). The next morning, at 10:00 am, sirens sound throughout the country for two minutes and the whole country comes to a halt to stand in silence in tribute to the dead.