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Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day Community Programs

Image: Peter Metzelaar, age 6, and his father in Amsterdam, 1941. Photo is featured in the new exhibit, "Memories Unboxed."  Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day: Hear From A Survivor

Sunday, April 16, 2023 | In-Person | 11:00am and 2:00pm

At the Henry Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity | Open to all 

Reserve Your Ticket

Presentation is included when you reserve your ticket to visit the Holocaust Center on April 16th. Free. Suggested donation for museum admission. Space is limited - reservations are recommended. Program and exhibit are recommended for grade 6 and up. 

Explore the Holocaust Center's Museum and the new temporary exhibit, "Memories Unboxed: Rare Photos From Our Archives" which includes photos of Peter Metzelaar and Laureen Nussbaum, who will be speaking in the museum on April 16. 


This program is sponsored by the IAC Seattle and is part of their Zikaron Basalon program. Peter will share his remarkable story of hiding in the Netherlands during the Holocaust, his mother's ingenuity that saved their lives, and the close calls where luck was on their side. 

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Born in Germany, Laureen and her family fled to Amsterdam when the Nazis seized power. Her family lived among many other German Jewish refugees, including Anne Frank and her family. Through a loophole and a supportive German official, Laureen was re-classified as non-Jewish, giving her the ability to help support other Jewish people, including her future husband Rudi.

Offered in partnership with the SJCC.

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Carrying on the Legacy: Holocaust Remembrance Day Community Program 

Monday, April 17, 2023 | In-Person & Streamed Live | 7:00-8:30pm (PT) | At the Henry and Sandra Friedman Holocaust Center for Humanity

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Join us for a meaningful program of remembrance and inspiration with Holocaust survivor Agi Day who survived the Holocaust as a young child hiding with a Catholic family in Hungary. The program will include opening remarks by Dee Simon, CEO, Holocaust Center for Humanity, and a candle-lighting ceremony led by Rabbi David Benchlouch, Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, and descendants of survivors. 

Attendees, both virtual and in-person, are encouraged to light candles to remember and honor the 6 million Jewish people, and millions of non-Jewish people who were killed in the Holocaust. On this day, we honor the past, share stories to carry on the legacy, and educate for the future. 

Agi Day is one of the individuals featured in the new temporary exhibit, "Memories Unboxed: Rare Photos From Our Archives," on display at the Holocaust Center March 12 - May 28.  Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the exhibit. 

Free and open to all. Registration required for in-person attendance. Light refreshments will be served. Program and exhibit are recommended for grade 6 and up.

Image: Agi Day, Age 3, 1943 in Hungary. Photo is featured in the new exhibit, "Memories Unboxed."  


About Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day

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.  This year, 2023, Holocaust Remembrance Day begins on April 17th at sunset and ends on April 18th at sunset. 

10 Meaningful Ways to Honor Holocaust Remembrance Day

  1. Visit the Museum for Yom Hashoah | Open on Sundays. The Holocaust Center for Humanity's Museum from 10am-4pm on Sundays.  We invite you to visit and leave a message of remembrance and hope. Reserve Tickets Online

  2. Enter a Contest - Holocaust Writing, Art, and Film Contest: Students in grades 5-12 can work together or individually to create entries for the contest. 

  3. Watch a Film - Survivor Voices: Bearing Witness from the Holocaust to Today. An introduction to the Holocaust that weaves survivor testimony with contemporary issues of genocide, racism, and the difference each person can make. 25 min. Grades 6 and up.

  4. Post on Social Media - Show you remember - Take a photo and post to social media with the hashtag #HCHSeattle or #ChangeBeginsWithMe, and tag the Holocaust Center's accounts - @HCHSeattle on Facebook and @HolocaustCenterSeattle on Instagram.

  5. Remember one of the six millionLight a virtual memorial candle. 

  6. Read Survivor Stories – Read stories, see photos, and watch video clips of local Holocaust survivors on the Survivor Encyclopedia: Washington State.

  7. Recite Names – List of 5000 victims of the Holocaust to read aloud and remember.

  8. Read and Discuss Poems - Poems from "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" and  "Each of Us Has a Name" by Zelda gives voice to the children and those who were killed in the Holocaust.

  9. Host a Book Club or Read a Memoir - There are SO many excellent books. See our list of recommended books for grades 5 through adult. 

  10. Honoring the Righteous Among the Nations - Read the heroic stories of non-Jewish people who risked their lives to save Jews: The Righteous Among the Nations.


Make a Tribute


Honor and remember someone you love by making a gift to the Holocaust Center for Humanity as a tribute to them.

Your tribute gift to the Holocaust Center for Humanity will help us further our mission to teach the lessons of the Holocaust, inspiring students of all ages to confront bigotry and indifference, promote human dignity, and take action.

When we receive your tribute gift, we will send a card to the person(s) you designate with a personal message.


International Holocaust Remembrance Day 

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.