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Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day Community Program


Friedman on Bike 194518 Months in Hiding: Holocaust Survivor Henry Friedman

Sunday, May 5, 2024 | In-person at the Seattle Public Library, Central Branch | 2:00-3:30pm | Free | Registration Required

For 18 months, Henry Friedman hid in a loft of a barn with his mother, brother, and teacher. All around them, Jewish people were being arrested and killed by the Nazis and their collaborators. By the end of the war, 90% of Poland's Jewish population had been killed. Henry and his family survived. 
To commemorate Yom Hashoah, Henry's presentation will be followed by a candle lighting in memory of the 6 million Jewish people murdered during the Holocaust and the millions of non-Jewish victims of the Nazis. 
Featuring special guest, award-winning musician Chava Mirel.


Image: Henry Friedman, 1945   

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 Holocaust Remembrance Day begins on May 5, 2024 at sunset and ends on May 6, 2024 at sunset. 

11 Meaningful Ways to Honor Holocaust Remembrance Day

  1. Visit the Museum for Yom Hashoah | Open every Sunday and Free First Thursdays each month. 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. Holocaust survivor Peter Metzelaar will be in the museum from 11-1 on Sunday, May 5 to answer questions. Visitors will also have the opportunity to decorate a butterfly in memory of the children who were killed for our Wall of Remembrance. 

  2. Enter a Contest - Holocaust Student Art 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, 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.

  11. Decorate butterflies to remember the children who were killed in the Holocaust - Request a free kit from the Holocaust Center that includes 30 butterflies, colorful pens and decorative art materials, and an activity. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.

To make a Tribute gift, click the link above, and make sure to select the box labeled "make this donation in someone's honor or memory." A card will be sent to the person you designate. 

Contact: or (206) 582-3000


International Holocaust Remembrance Day 

January 27th 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.