Yom Hashoah – The Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and the Heroism – began last evening at sundown.
Today, the entire country of Israel stops what they’re doing, when the siren sounds, for two entire minutes, all traffic stops, everyone stands and observes in silence, remembering the 6 million Jews who were murdered. We must never forget!
My father’s mother ( my grandmother) had nine siblings plus their mother and father who were all murdered in the holocaust. They were my family – aunts, uncles, cousins. I had so many family members that I never got to meet who were taken from us.
My Dad never told me this story. His Mom passed away when he was seven. His Mother was the lone survivor of her entire family because she left before the holocaust. She died way too young from brain cancer. So many died way too young.
This day holds great meaning for Jews worldwide. The overwhelming theme that runs through all observances is the importance of remembering — recalling the victims of this catastrophe, and insuring that such a tragedy never happen again.
In memory of 250 of my family members who were murdered only because they were born Jewish.
So, on this day of remembrance, Yom HaShoah, we remember the holocaust, and vow, never again.