Holocaust Remembrance Day: A History

“The first Holocaust Remembrance Day took place on December 28th, 1949, a year-and-a-half after Israel’s independence. The ashes and bones of thousands of Jews were brought over from the Flossenbürg Concentration Camp near Munich. They were placed in a crypt, together with decorated Torah scrolls, in a Jerusalem cemetery. A rabbi appointed by the Rabbinate presided over the religious ceremony. The public was invited to an overnight vigil at the crypt and in the morning a prayer service and Talmudic study session were held in honor of the victims….But in March 1951, the Knesset decided to take an active role, and set about choosing a new date for Holocaust Remembrance Day.” Read more. 

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Aerial Photographs of Auschwitz taken by Allied Air Forces during World War II

Aerial Photographs of Auschwitz taken by Allied Air Forces during World War II