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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day or Yom HaShoah.

Shoah, which means catastrophe or utter destruction in Hebrew, refers to the atrocities that were committed against the Jewish people during World War II. This is a memorial day for those who died in the Shoah.

The Shoah (also known as the Holocaust, from a Greek word meaning “sacrifice by fire,”) was initiated by the members of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party, which seized power in Germany in 1933. The Nazis believed in a doctrine of racial superiority, centering around the idea that that people of Northern European descent were somehow better than members of all other races – especially the Jews, who were “unworthy of life.”…

Today, many commemorate Yom HaShoah by lighting yellow candles in order to keep the memories of the victims alive.

– source: Union for Reform Judaism

Holocaust Remembrance Day also serves to recognize the Jewish resistance toward Nazi Germany. This year is the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the largest single revolt by the Jews during World War II.

In commemoration of the over six million Jewish lives lost, please check out:

Graphic Novel
Yossel : April 19, 1943 : a story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising by Joe Kubert.Maus I : a survivor's tale : my father bleeds history by Art Spiegelman.
Maus II : a survivor's tale : and here my troubles began by Art Spiegelman. MetaMaus by Art Spiegelman. Auschwitz by Pascal CrociX-Men : Magneto testament by writer, Greg Pak ; artist, Carmine Di GiandomenicoAnne Frank : the Anne Frank House authorized graphic biography by Sid Jacobson and Ernie ColónA family secret by Eric Heuvel ; [English translation, Lorraine T. Miller]

DVD
The boy in the Striped Pajamas (DVD)Uprising (DVD)Life is Beautiful (DVD) = La vita è bella Paper Clips (DVD)Anne Frank Remembered (DVD)Children of Chabannes (DVD)Shanghai Ghetto (DVD)Au Revoir les Enfants (DVD)

Fiction
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakNumber the Stars by Lois LowryThe Devil's Arithmetic by Jane YolenSchindler's List by Thomas KeneallyNight by Elie Wiesel Torn Thread by Anne IsaacsShadow of the Wall by Christa LairoOnce by Morris Gleitzman

Nonfiction
We are witnesses : five diaries of teenagers who died in the Holocaust [edited] by Jacob BoasI Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust by Livia Bitton-JacksonThe cage by Ruth Minsky SenderHidden teens, hidden lives : primary sources from the Holocaust by Linda Jacobs Altman
Heroes of the Holocaust : true stories of rescues by teens by Allan Zullo and Mara BovsunBeyond courage : the untold story of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust by Doreen RappaportCourageous teen resisters : primary sources from the Holocaust by Ann Byers Experiencing the Holocaust : novels, nonfiction books, short stories, poems, plays, films & music by Judy Galens


lauren @ CLP – Woods Run 

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