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Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day - April 21, 2020. 75 Years After Liberation. 

Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorates the 6 million Jews and millions of others who were killed in the Holocaust. The date is set in accordance with the Hebrew calendar, on the 27th of Nisan, so that it varies in regard to the Gregorian calendar. The date was chosen to mark the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.  

In light of growing concerns and restrictions related to the spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to find new and different ways to commemorate Yom Hashoah this year. 

1. Virtual Lunch-and-Learn: Stories from the child of a survivor

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 | Holocaust Center for Humanity | 12pm - 1pm | Join Us! Link coming soon! (No pre-registraton needed - just click the link and join live.) 

In commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, join us to hear from the child of a Holocaust survivor share her parents' inspraitional stories of hope, luck, reslience, and rescue. Details coming soon! 


2. Student ActivityHolocaust Writing, Art, and Film Contest. Have students work together or individually to create a piece to submit the contest.

3. Discussion & Activity: Pyramid of Hate. Where can we find examples of each level historically? Where can we find examples of each level today?

4. Reading/Activity: Poems from "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" and optional activities. Poem "Each of Us Has a Name" by Zelda.

5. Film: "With My Own Eyes" - Film provides an overview of the Holocaust, connecting this history with our world today.

6. Short Films: Pigeon and Porcelain Unicorn - short films that lend themselves to discussion

7. Social Media: Show you remember - Print out #ChangeBeginsWithMe, take a photo and post to social media

8. Host a  Virtual Book Club: Suggested books for book clubs include All But My Life, Night, or try the graphic novel Maus. There are many more! Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for recommendations. 

9. Reading/Student Activity: The Ethics of War: Jewish Partisans – An activity for students (recommended grade 8 and up) – includes a dramatic reading (with 8 characters) to challenge participants on how we make ethical choices. (Jewish Partisans Educational Foundation)

10. Names readingList of 5000 victims of the Holocaust

11. Survivor Stories – Read survivor stories and watch clips of their testimonies on the Survivor Encyclopedia: Washington State. 

12. Reading/Activity: Acknowledge the heroic efforts of rescuers recognized as Righteous Among the Nations 


International Holocaust Remembrance Day | January 27

January 27 was designated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005. It marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Every year, the Holocaust Center for Humanity holds a community program to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.