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.
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