Congress established the Days of Remembrance in the United States more than sixty years ago. These days are also commemorated in Israel and all over the world. Yom HaShoah is observed as a day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jewish people and five million others who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories and for the Jewish resistance in that period.
The theme designated by the Unites States Holocaust Memorial Museum for the 2012 observance is “Choosing to Act: Stories of Rescue.”
Here are a few local Yom Hashoah commemorations. For information about other events in your area, contact your local synagogue.
LONGMEADOW – “Choosing to Act: Stories of Rescue,” the Springfield-area Holocaust Memorial Observance will be held Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at Congregation B’nai Torah, 2 Eunice Dr. The service will include a candle lighting and dramatic readings.
The event is sponsored by the Springfield Jewish Community Center, and by the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts With support from the William and Lynn Foggle Fund For Holocaust Education and the Zachor Fund of the Jewish Endowment Foundation.
AMHERST – The Holocaust Memorial Observance at the Jewish Community of Amherst will be held Saturday, April 28 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at 742 Main St.
The event will feature a short candle-lighting ceremony and the film “The Final Victory.”
The documentary describes how Felix Zandman (1927-2011), who lost most of his family during the Holocaust, succeeded not only to survive, hidden in a cave, but also to learn mathematics under these impossible conditions.
After the Holocaust destroyed his world, he managed to rebuild his life and to achieve extraordinary scientific and financial success as the founder and chief technology officer of Vishay Intertechnology, one of the world’s largest providers of electronic components, among them the temperature-resistant resistor which he invented.
Felix Zandman’s story is interwoven with the heroic endeavors of the Righteous Gentiles who saved his life, embodying the triumph of the human spirit.
For more information, call (413) 253-7756
AMHERST – Umass Hillel will hold a Holocaust Memorial Day event on Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
The one-hour event will be held at the Hillel House, 388 N. Pleasant St., Amherst.