Holocaust Remembrance Matters

Tags: Jewish Identity, History, Holocaust, Memory, Inspiration and Hope, Conversation Starters

It feels like a hefty challenge this year. Just as Pesach is behind us, just as we celebrate our journey to freedom, we are reminded again that in each generation, there are those who seek to destroy our people.

By word or by deed, the attempts to terrorize the Jewish nation are a part of our reality that we cannot ignore. And now, Yom HaShoah is upon us.

Just as we have buried victims of hate crimes, we are once again bestowed with an opportunity to gather and remember those who perished in the Holocaust.

Busy days, busy lives. Some go to ceremonies, many do not. But we can all remember.

We can seek ways to learn from the experiences of the past, and the facts that shed light on both the systematic destruction as well as how Jews survived and held on to hope under the most severe circumstances.

Antisemitism is on the rise and Jews are once again the target of hate and violence, abusive speech and illegitimate libels, demonization and outright lies.

How can we talk about it in a way that engages and inspires us positively rather than give in to the potential despair that fills our hearts and minds?

Let us take this day to remember, to reflect, and to recognize Yom HaShoah as an opportunity to reignite our commitment to the history, legacy and hope of the nation of Israel during and after the Holocaust whose power has impacted each of us in its own way.

Elie Wiesel on Bearing Witness

There is no shortage of resources in the world about remembering the Holocaust. For classrooms and communities, thousands of survivors, educators, leaders around the world have sought to make an indelible mark on the world, impressing upon each individual the responsibility we share to protect memory and truth of the Holocaust.

And yet with all these efforts, what do we know?

On this, the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, it is up to us to raise awareness of the many efforts made to die with dignity and to resist despair and death through every means.  Explore this exclusive original resource for reflection and learning. 

Read, learn, share, inspire.

This is how we can all make a difference and ensure that Holocaust remembrance matters. Today, tomorrow, and forever.


  • What story from the Holocaust taught you something about Jewish resilience? 
  • Were you ever shocked by something you learned about how Jews confronted the hate, tortures and threats of death? 
  • How can we emphasize the importance of Holocaust memory to young people desensitized by the increasing hate and murders in the world?
  • Should we try to draw connections between the Holocaust and the Jewish experience of today? 
  • How can someone understand better how terror attacks in Israel and attacks against Jews around the world are, for some, a feared warning of another Holocaust against our people? 
  • If you could create your own Holocaust memorial - creative, or ceremonial, personal or communal - what would you focus on? Who would you invite? 
  • Why must we continue to tell the stories of the Holocaust? Is it only to “never forget?” 
  • What messages of pride and empowerment can we share with future generations? 


To invite Dr. Elana Heideman, world expert on the Holocaust and Antisemitism, to run a presentation for your group, or for assistance in designing a unique Holocaust memorial reflection program, contact us.


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Tags: Jewish Identity, History, Holocaust, Memory, Inspiration and Hope, Conversation Starters