Yom HaShoah | Holocaust Remembrance Day 2020
Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day is the date in the Jewish calendar to mourn the loss of the six million people murdered during the Holocaust. This year Yom HaShoah falls on 20 April. Due to the coronavirus situation, the commemorations will be very different from previous years. However, many EHRI partners and associates have found ways to mark the event online.
Our UK partner, the Wiener Holocaust Library has produced a film with contributions from staff that looks at the history of the institution and gives an insight into the work of the Library today. You can join them online at 8.30 pm (CET) on the 20th as the UK remembers the victims of the Holocaust, honour the pledge to pass on to the next generation and pay tribute to the survivors and refugees.On Tuesday 21 April, throughout the day, the Wiener Library also invites you to participate in a series of online Holocaust education sessions. The full schedule can be viewed here.
Our partner, Yad Vashem will transmit the state ceremony marking the start of Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day in Israel in several languages on Yad Vashem's website and on Yad Vashem's Facebook page. Due to the coronavirus crisis, the ceremony was recorded in advance. The broadcast will start on 20 April at 7.00 pm (CET).
In the US, our associate the Claims Conference, in conjunction with EHRI partner, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and with Katahdin Productions and the Azrieli Foundation, will for the first time present a program of Holocaust films and accompanying panel discussions. They are featuring the following two movies for a virtual program: Who Will Write Our History and 116 Cameras, followed by online discussions featuring survivors and experts. The online film screenings can be found on the Claims Conference website. Who Will Write Our History will start at 8.00 pm CET and 116 Cameras at 2 am CET on Tuesday morning for European viewers.
The Office of the EC Coordinator on combating Antisemitsm shared with us the joint statement by the Ambassador of the European Union to the State of Israel and the Ambassadors of all European Union member states represented in Israel. You can read this statement here.