Melissa Ross: Remembrance of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

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First Coast Connect host Melissa Ross talks with Rabbi Michael Matuson and Holocaust Survivor Bob Fisher about Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance at Beth El-The Beaches Synagogue . The day marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The event will feature talks and stories from some of the remaining child survivors of The Holocaust.

Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG'vurah  Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah  and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day, is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period.

In Israel, it is a national memorial day. It was inaugurated in 1953, anchored by a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. It is held on the 27th of Nisan (April/May), unless the 27th would be adjacent to the Jewish Sabbath, in which case the date is shifted by a day.

Jews in the Diaspora may observe this day within the synagogue, as well as in the broader Jewish community. Commemorations range from synagogue services to communal vigils and educational programs. Many Yom HaShoah programs feature a talk by a Holocaust survivor or a direct descendant, recitation of appropriate psalms, songs and readings, or viewing of a Holocaust-themed film. Some communities choose to emphasize the depth of loss that Jews experienced in the Holocaust by reading the names of Holocaust victims one after another—dramatizing the unfathomable notion of six million deaths. Many Jewish schools also hold Holocaust-related educational programs on, or around, Yom HaShoah.

Also during this day, tens of thousands of Israeli high-school students, and thousands of Jews and non-Jews from around the world, hold a memorial service in Auschwitz, in what has become known as "The March of the Living," in defiance of the Holocaust Death Marches.

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