Yom Ha’Shoah 5771 in Washington, DC

Hall of Remembrance at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia

Hall of Remembrance at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Picture courtesy of Wikipedia

Sunday is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was decided by the Israeli government in 1953 to fall on the 27th day of Nissan, a week after the conclusion of Passover. Throughout the world, Jews and gentiles mourn the millions of victims of Nazi Germany.

Here in town, the congressionally-sanctioned United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is spearheading Days of Remembrance, which provides resources for American communities to commemorate the event. This year’s theme is Justice and Accountability in the Face of Genocide: What Have We Learned?

Other educational organizations acknowledge the Holocaust and genocide in general with these offerings listed below. If you have some time, consider attending, and add your voice to the chorus, which shouts out in unison: Never Again.

JCRC Community Observances: in Potomac, MD; Fairfax, VA
Congregation B’nai Tzedek, George Mason University; 4 pm and 5 pm
Featuring commemorations, seminars and discussions. B’nai B’rith will sponsor their annual “Unto Every Person There Is A Name” readings at both events.

“Killing Kasztner” Screening
DCJCC, 5 pm
A film about Rezno Kasztner, a Jew who negotiated with Adolf Eichmann to rescue 1,700 Jews, and was condemned as a traitor and assassinated by Jewish extremists in Israel. Followed by a discussion with director Gaylen Ross and survivors rescued by Kasztner.

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