Israel to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

Israel to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, 1943. Credit: Yad Vashem.

Israel is set to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day beginning on Monday evening.

The official state opening ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. in Warsaw Ghetto Square at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem.

President Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver remarks and Yad Vashem Chairman Dani Dayan will kindle the Memorial Torch.

During the ceremony, Holocaust survivors Tova Gutstein, Ben-Zion Raisch, Judith Sohlberg, Robert Bonfil, Efim Gimelshtein and Malka Rendel will each light a torch, and Shoshana Weis will speak on their behalf.

Holocaust survivor Efraim Mol will recite the El Maleh Rahamim prayer for the souls of the departed.

The poster for Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023. Credit: Yad Vashem.

Yad Vashem is partnering with the Our 6 Million organization to start a new tradition for Holocaust Remembrance Day, a memorial candle-lighting ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem. Individuals attending the state ceremony can light a candle bearing the name of a Holocaust victim before the start of the event. The general public is invited to light memorial candles in the Hall of Remembrance on Tuesday between 11 am and 4:30 pm.

Yad Vashem is furthermore calling on the public to fill out Pages of Testimony to commemorate every Jewish man, woman and child murdered during the Holocaust. Volunteers are available to help Holocaust survivors submit Pages of Testimony.

Yad Vashem is also continuing its nationwide Gathering the Fragments campaign in an effort to preserve Holocaust-related documents, artifacts, photographs and artworks, as well as to interview, document and record video testimonies of survivors.

Source: JNS