Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today we remember the victims of the Shoah, six million Jews and millions of other people murdered by the Nazi regime.
It is one of the two remembrance days we observe, Yom HaShoah being some time in April. (The Hebrew calendar moves around on the Gregorian calendar so the date varies.)
Today’s date marks the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp.
While we have always lit a candle and very briefly explained to the little ones that it is a day to remember many people who died a long time ago, this is the first time we have sat down and explained to Emily what happened. We still did not go into great detail, the horror of it all, even I as a grown up can not fathom it.
It was not an easy conversation.

We talked about the acts of kindness, the good that was still there, despite it all, the light that shines bright even during the darkest of times. We lit a candle. I did not plan ahead and we did not have Yahrzeit candles, so we lit a beeswax candle.

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We spoke of heroes who risked their life, of acts of humanity and of love and generosity, and how we know that it will not happen again.

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Never Again.

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4 Responses to Holocaust Remembrance Day

  1. Helen says:

    Thank you for reminding me of this very important day. Sadly, it’s not something that we’ve commemorated or really talked about as a family before but we will now starting today and just as you’ve done we will remember the humanity and hope as well as acknowledging the sorrow and enormous loss.

  2. westbankmama says:

    What a beautiful blog! Just to let you know (if you are not aware of it already) – observant Jews commemorate the Holocaust on the 10th day of the Hebrew month of Tevet, which is a fast day. It is called the Yom HaKaddish HaKlali, which means that it is the yahrzeit – the day we saw the mourners prayer – for all of the families who do not know when their loved ones died. In addition, in Israel, there is another Holocaust remembrance day which coincides with the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

  3. It is happening again, though, isn’t it? It happened again in Bosnia. It happened again in Rwanda. People with more power who like the idea of an ethnically pure land for the chosen exist everywhere.

  4. Wendy says:

    I visited Auschwitz, some of my family went inside, I did not. Forget the past and we are doomed to repeat ourselves.