Israel stands still for Holocaust remembrance day

Palestinians say one killed, two hurt by IDF fire at Gaza border

Palestinians say one killed, two hurt by IDF fire at Gaza border

"Today, too, there's an extremist regime that's threatening us, threatening the peace of the entire world", Netanyahu said of Iran.

On this Yom Hashoah, let us commit ourselves to learning more and taking action to fight for a more just world so that we don't find ourselves repeating a tragic history.

One of the biggest surprises in the study - 11% of adults in the United States and 22% of Millennials haven't heard of, or aren't sure they have heard of, the Holocaust.

Today is Yom Hashoah, a.k.a Holocaust Remembrance Day (the Jewish-specific day of observance, not to be confused with International Holocaust Rememberance Day in January).

-41% didn't know what Auschwitz was.

"As we get farther away from the actual events, 70-plus years now, it becomes less forefront of what people are talking about or thinking about or discussing or learning", said Matthew Bronfman, a board member of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which commissioned the study.

At an exhibit and gathering at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Lower Manhattan, more than 400 Jewish students met in groups with Holocaust survivors from Austria, Germany and Poland who now live in the NY area.

The march comes as Warsaw passed a controversial law setting out fines or jail time for those who blame the Polish people or state for atrocities committed by Nazi Germany during World War II.


The presidents of Israel and Poland joined thousands of others Thursday for a Holocaust remembrance event at the former Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau, hoping to put recent tensions behind them.

Nearly half (45 percent) of Americans were unable to name a single concentration camp, and the number was even worse for millennials (49 percent).

Three million Polish Jews perished in the Holocaust, almost half of the Jewish people killed in the genocide. Yet, the importance of Holocaust education appears to be one such issue.

For seven decades, "never forget" has been a rallying cry of the Holocaust remembrance movement.

"If the country of Israel existed then, my family wouldn't have been murdered, and there would not have been six million Jews killed", Schaecter told the audience.

"We shouldn't really be that surprised", Thane Rosenbaum, a law professor, novelist, and voice for the so-called "second-generation" Holocaust survivors, told NJJN in an email.

Certain states - California, Illinois, New Jersey, Florida, and NY - have some form of legislation mandating a certain degree of Holocaust education in public schools.

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