In the evening, celebrations commemorating the Holocaust begin in Israel. Due to the corona pandemic, the ceremony will take place online at the Yad Vashem monument. Follow them live here.
Since 1951, Israel commemorates the six million Jews who were murdered on Holocaust memorial day during World War II. Due to the corona crisis, the opening ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial is due to take place online this year. The pre-recorded broadcast shows Chillreport from 19:00 (20:00 local time) with translation into German in the live stream.
The event, entitled “Salvation by Jews during the Holocaust: Solidarity in a Crumbling World”, will be translated into five languages. The only exceptions are the speeches by President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a statement. In memory of the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, six survivors each light a torch. Your stories will also be part of the ceremony.
Yad Vashem launched an online project due to the corona pandemic, in which Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas (SPD) also participated. Maas read the names of two Holocaust victims from his hometown Saarlouis in a video on Twitter. “A pandemic can prevent us from coming together physically,” the 53-year-old wrote in English. “But it won’t stop us from remembering the Shoah.” The project is accompanied on Twitter by the hashtags #RememberingFromHome and #ShoahNames.
The federal government supports Yad Vashem
Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel starts this Monday evening and ends Tuesday evening. The United Nations did not establish International Holocaust Remembrance Day until January 27, 2005. On that day in 1945, the Red Army liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp. Yad Vashem (“Monument and Name”) in Jerusalem is the largest Holocaust memorial in the world. It was established in 1953 by decision of the Israeli Parliament.
In early April, the federal government decided to extend annual aid to Yad Vashem. From 2022 to 2031, Germany plans to continue paying one million euros annually. This funding has been running since 2012. The money is mainly used for the digitization of documents and for educational work. However, it is expected that a financing continuation contract will not be signed until a new Israeli government is formed.