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International Holocaust Remembrance Day 

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January 27 was designated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005. It marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Every year, the Holocaust Center for Humanity holds a community program to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year's program will take place in-person on Thursday, January 26th, 2023 at the Museum of Flight at 7:00pm.  Details & Tickets


Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorates the 6 million Jews and millions of others who were killed in the Holocaust. The date is set in accordance with the Hebrew calendar, on the 27th of Nisan, so that it varies in regard to the Gregorian calendar. The date was chosen to mark the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.  This year, 2023, Holocaust Remembrance Day begins on April 17th at sunset and ends on April 18th at sunset. 


Yom Hashoah 2022

A meaningful program of remembrance and inspiration with a panel of local Holocaust survivors, a candle-lighting ceremony with descendants of survivors, and words of reflection from Rabbi Simon Benzaquen of Congregation Ezra Bessaroth.

Meet the Panelists: 

  • Peter Metzelaar, born in Amsterdam, Peter and his mother survived the Holocaust with the help of non-Jewish individuals who hid them. 
  • Susie Sherman, born in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), Susie and her family escaped to England where they were taken in by a British family.
  • Henry Friedman, born in Poland, survived the Holocaust after enduring 18 months hiding in a tiny loft of a barn.

10 Meaningful Ways to Honor Holocaust Remembrance Day

  1. Visit the Museum for Yom Hashoah | Open on Sundays. The Holocaust Center for Humanity's Museum from 10am-4pm on Sundays.  We invite you to visit and leave a message of remembrance and hope. Reserve Tickets Online

  2. Enter a Contest - Holocaust Writing, Art, and Film Contest: Students in grades 5-12 can work together or individually to create entries for the contest. 

  3. Watch a Film - Survivor Voices: Bearing Witness from the Holocaust to Today. An introduction to the Holocaust that weaves survivor testimony with contemporary issues of genocide, racism, and the difference each person can make. 25 min. Grades 6 and up.

  4. Post on Social Media - Show you remember - Take a photo and post to social media with the hashtag #HCHSeattle or #ChangeBeginsWithMe, and tag the Holocaust Center's accounts - @HCHSeattle on Facebook and @HolocaustCenterSeattle on Instagram.

  5. Remember one of the six millionLight a virtual memorial candle. 

  6. Read Survivor Stories – Read stories, see photos, and watch video clips of local Holocaust survivors on the Survivor Encyclopedia: Washington State.

  7. Recite Names – List of 5000 victims of the Holocaust to read aloud and remember.

  8. Read and Discuss Poems - Poems from "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" and  "Each of Us Has a Name" by Zelda gives voice to the children and those who were killed in the Holocaust.

  9. Host a Book Club or Read a Memoir - There are SO many excellent books. See our list of recommended books for grades 5 through adult. 

  10. Honoring the Righteous Among the Nations - Read the heroic stories of non-Jewish people who risked their lives to save Jews: The Righteous Among the Nations.


Make a Tribute


Honor and remember someone you love by making a gift to the Holocaust Center for Humanity as a tribute to them.

Your tribute gift to the Holocaust Center for Humanity will help us further our mission to teach the lessons of the Holocaust, inspiring students of all ages to confront bigotry and indifference, promote human dignity, and take action.

When we receive your tribute gift, we will send a card to the person(s) you designate with a personal message.