Yom Hazikaron laShoah ve-laG'vurah - יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה - Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day was established by the State of Israel to honor the victims and survivors of the Nazi effort to exterminate Europe’s Jews. Observed on the 27th of Nisan on the anniversary of the onset of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the annual commemoration honoring Jews who perished and those whose active resistance first took place in 1951 and was established into law as a national observance in 1959. It is marked by a siren sounded throughout the country at 11am, when all activity, traffic, broadcasts and social activities come to a stop for 2 minutes.
Around the world, Jewish communities, schools and congregations gather for meaningful programs and ceremonies, and utilize the day as an opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of remembering the pain and the tragedy, the lessons and the legacy of memory that we inherit.
Honor the legacy of life in the shadow of death and its meaning for us and future generations through our Links in the Chain resources, and uncover the hope of our ancient dreams and traditions through Holocaust and Hatikvah.
On this day, and all year round, Holocaust memory matters. Denial, distortion, and lies are spreading that diminish the reality that was the Holocaust. Join us in our effort to remember.