This Sunday, April 27, 2014, is recognized around the world as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah in Hebrew. Shoah is Hebrew for ‘catastrophe’ or ‘utter destruction,’ and on this day – in Israel, a national memorial day – we honor and commemorate the lives of approximately six million Jews who died in World War II.
In the United States, Holocaust Remembrance Day begins a week of remembering. According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,
The US Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. This year’s Holocaust remembrance week is April 27-May 4, 2014. The Museum has designated Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses as the theme for the 2014 observance.
Visit the Musuem’s webiste for more information about this year’s Holocausts Remembrance Day, and click here for the Museum’s suggested reading list.
As we remember victims of the Holocaust in World War II, let us also think about victims of contemporary genocides and pray for the salvation of the world.