April 07, 2013

In Tel Aviv: Holocaust (Shoah) Remembrance Day

When the SS murdered Leah's Romanian parents,
a Christian neighbor claimed the then 9-year-old
as hers, and hid Leah in a crawl space 3 years

Note: I first published this post on Yom Hashoah 2009.

On the 27th day of the Hebrew month Nisan, at 10 A.M., Israel will fall silent as a two-minute siren sounds across the country. Each year, the nation is called to remember, to stop activity, and to stand to honor the 6 million slaughtered Jewish souls, among them 1.5 million children. The siren follows Yom Hashoah (Remembrance Day) ceremonies at the Knesset (Parliament) and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, and it launches special programs in schools, organizations, and institutions nationwide.

At the corner of Tel Aviv's Allenby and Yavne Streets, in the public Beit Avot (Home for the Aged), I have been joining Leah and the other residents, most of them Shoah survivors, for their powerful annual program.

Watch the video (5:21 minutes).

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the video... I am staying with a friend in San Francisco and showed it to her - she finally understands what I mean when I tell her that this is a very different, special day.

Keep on posting! I enjoy it!

Rachel said...

Dear Tamar,
thank you for the link.
And now I discovered your blog. I enjoy it; I am sure we are going to meet one of these days on the streets of TLV
Hag sameah

Anonymous said...

My grandparents were Romanian. Lucky they came to the US at the turn of the century. Very large ideas from such a small place, Israel. Imagine a whole country standing still to learn from and dwell on the past. Powerful moment and impression on young and old, far and near. Tamar, thank you for bringing this near to me. Craig

Stefan, Vienna said...

There should be a day like this with sirens in Europe, too. The perpetrators, bystanders and their offspring also should remember, not only the victims.

Thanks for sharing!

susanne said...

Thank you for documenting the ceremony Tamar. It touches everyone, and many who live at the home
have very personal connections. I especially like the way you chose to end it with a an affirmation.

Tulasi said...

Dear Tamar, This is indeed a great day not only for the Jewish People but for the mankind. My question always is, Why did this happen? It's sad. I wish I am there [in Israel] to comfort the people. My support and solidarity for Jewish people is always there. — With warm regards, Tulasi

Maureen Milham said...

I love this, Tamar!!! Soooo beautiful... glad u went there :)

Uriel said...

Impressive film edition- you make professional movies- but the theme is difficult. Nice that you re involved with that.