Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed on the 27th of Nisan. On this day we remember all those who died from the atrocities committed against the Jewish people during World War II.
The Holocaust is also known as the Shoah (utter destruction) which is taken from a Greek word meaning “sacrifice by fire.”
Yom HaShoah is a day dedicated to somber reflection and recognition of the millions of lives lost during the Nazi persecution.
“The Holocaust was the largest manifestation of anti-Semitism in recent history. When we speak about the Holocaust today, powerful and horrific images come to mind. We are reminded of the horrors which Jews and other persecuted groups faced: forced labor, starvation, humiliation, and torture which often resulted in death. We see the systematic effort to wipe out an entire population from the face of the earth. We see everyday people turning their backs on neighbors and friends in their plea for help. And we see the collective spirit of the world ignoring these atrocities and denying any responsibility for their outcome.” – ReformJudaism.org