Every year, people worldwide commemorate gather with their families and communities to pay respects to the victims of and survivors of one of histories darkest chapters: The Holocaust of European Jews during the Second World War. Whether hosting educational events or religious ceremonies or even simpy lighting candles of recognition there are many meaningful ways to honor those who suffered during this terrible time. Here are five ways to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Days this year.
Attend a Ceremony
Participating in an official ceremony is a powerful way to commemorate the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Many communities and institutions host memorial services featuring speakers and displays that honor those persecuted during this dark historical period.
Visit a Memorial or Museum
Visiting a Holocaust memorial or museum is an important part of learning about the Holocaust and honoring its victims. These sites offer visitors an opportunity to gain deeper insight into the suffering experienced by millions of people during this time and can help to form a deeper emotional connection between oneself and the voices of the past.
Take Part in Education Programs
Educational programs are often organized to help raise awareness about the horrors of the Holocaust and its lasting effects on society today. From seminars to lectures, these programs provide an opportunity to learn more about this dark chapter in history and help stimulate conversation on how fostering tolerance and empathy within a society is a vital part of keeping these darker forces of hate and division from ever surfacing again.
Participate in a Moment of Silence
Many people take part in a moment of silence on Holocaust Memorial Days to honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. During this time, people are encouraged to reflect on the events of this period and remember those who suffered during it. This serves as a symbolic gesture of respect as we take time away from our lives to dedicate to the remembrance of these people and their story.
Contact ZACHOR Holocaust Remembrance Foundation to learn more about how to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Days.