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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sunday, May 1, 2011Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Elisa Moed of
Special to ASSIST News Service RA’ANANNA, ISRAEL (ANS)– I have just returned this evening from the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony held annually on this third to last day of the month of Nissan. I’ve been to six ceremonies since moving to Israel six years ago, and despite everything I know about the Holocaust (and being the child of a survivor I do know quite a bit) I’m always newly shocked by the stories that I hear from survivors.

A young boy picture inside the Warsaw Ghetto
in Poland

Each year, the city of Ra’ananna, which is in the heart of the southern Sharon Plain of the Central District of Israel, organizes a powerful hour of programming in commemoration of the Holocaust.

Amidst the moving vocal tributes, six Holocaust survivors are individually escorted by young students to the outdoor stage at the city’s Yad Labanim (city center) where they light six candles, each candle representing a million Jews that perished in the hands of the Nazis.

As each survivor walks slowly to the stage to light his candle, narrator tells each person’s story. One woman, Lily, survived years of moving from camp to camp, while everyone else in her family, excepting one sister, was torn away from her and murdered in the gas chambers. Lily managed to emigrate to Israel on a boat, the Exodus, where she met her husband. Together they bore two boys, both of which became Israeli Airforce pilots, and are still flying today. The audience cheered, and I had chills going down my spine.

The shocking scene inside a concentration camp at the end of World War Two

The other five survivors honored tonight all had similar stories of survival. They all had bore children, grandchildren and several even had great grandchildren. Each had succeeded in defying the Nazis and while they all had lost most of their families, they’d somehow managed to create new lives for themselves, lives filled with children, hope and a Jewish future.

Life continues and hopefully the world will remember. We remembered tonight, as we do each day here in Israel.

Tomorrow, May 2, at 10 am there will be a two minute siren and people all over the country will stop whatever they are doing be it driving a car, washing dishes, teaching in a school, they will stop. And they will stand in silence for two full minutes. We remember, because we have to remember.

The teddy bear


Last year, one of our contributors Kasey Bar, authored a very moving blog about Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, and she provided her insight as a Christian living here. If you missed it – now is the time to reread this very special article. To read Kasey Barr’s Silence that Overpowers, please go to:


Note from Dan Wooding: I have just come across this moving photograph of a battered teddy bear belonging to Ina Rennert, a 75-year-old Holocaust survivor. Displayed here is a picture of her as a child at the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem April 17, 2011. Rennert had handed over to Yad Vashem for safekeeping the toy she says she once clung to as a little girl while hiding from the Nazis in Poland during World War Two. Thousands of aging Israeli survivors have answered a call by Yad Vashem to hand in Holocaust-era keepsakes to preserve their memory for future generations. Israel on Monday marks an annual day of remembrance for Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide. (Photo: Reuters)



Elisa Moed is the Founder and CEO of Travelujah (, an Israel-based Christian social network focused on fostering a deeper connection with faith through Holy Land tours. You can plan, learn and share your holy land experience on Travelujah using our in-depth locational content, user and expert blogs that can take you off the beaten track, and individual or group tour booking services.


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