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Close-up of flame of single yellow candle

Yom HaShoah is a day of mourning in Israel. Many stores close, music on the radio reflects the somber nature of the day, and most amazing is the sound of the siren.

Rabbi Victor S. Appell
Group of small yellow candles; flames of background candles are slightly out of focus

To make the ceremonies and reflections of Holocaust Remembrance Day meaningful, there must be ways it informs our decisions as Jews and as human beings all year long.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Children in a kindergarten class in a DP camp

Following World War II, many Jews were confined to displaced persons (DPs) camps in Allied-occupied countries. Among them were my parents and parents-in-law.

Jean Bloch Rosensaft
Three ner tamid eternal flames made of glass and hanging against a black background

I found them, viscerally familiar aliens / in my grandmother’s poppy seed cake / in the first pomegranate I ate / in all the rivers that have seen me weep...

Julia Knobloch
Grainy image of the Warsaw Ghetto in flames during the Warsaw Uprising

This original poem by a Reform Jewish poet was written for the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula and was initially recited at this year's Yom HaShoah's observance.

Stacey Zisook Robinson
Tealights lit in honor of Yom HaShoah

After hearing Rose’s story, the Shoah was transformed from solely being a part of the Jewish narrative to being a part of the human consciousness.

Tony J. Westbrook, Jr.
Old gravestone with Hebrew lettering

Read about one man’s conviction that he was summoned to Poland by his ancestral spirits to receive their desperate plea: Do not forget us!

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Stone wall engraved with a quote from Isaiah reading YOU ARE MY WITNESSES

The Holocaust did not impact my family in the same way of my peers whose grandparents are survivors, or my colleagues whose families escaped the war. Yet as a Jew, it is still my history.

Haley Schreier
Holocaust survivor Sol Rosenkranz

ReformJudaism.org interviews June Hersh. Together with photographer Brian Marcus, she interviewed more than 150 Holocaust survivors and World War II liberators for a new book.

Deborah Rood Goldman
Jewish Holocaust era rescuer Tuvia Bielski and a group of other Jews standing in the woods in an old black and white photo from the Yad Vashem Photo Archives

More than a half century after the Holocaust, it is surely time that we acknowledge that saving one’s own is worthy of recognition and praise. Jews everywhere ought to take pride in these heroes of their own people.

Mordecai Paldiel

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