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18 August 2018 - 8 Elul 5778 - ח' אלול ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Remembering those who perished in the Holocaust E-mail

Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, is observed every year. It is a day of commemoration of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of actions carried out by Nazi Germany.

The day was inaugurated in Israel in 1959 and takes place on 27 Nisan, a week before Israel’s Independence Day. In Israel, flags are flown at half mast and a state ceremony is held at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes Remembrance Authority. At 10am, air-raid sirens are sounded for two minutes and all activity comes to a halt.

Outside of the country, the day is marked with ceremonies and programmes that include the lighting of memorial candles. Jewish communities get together and solemnly observe and remember the millions of Jews who were murdered.

The Hong Kong Jewish community held its Holocaust Remembrance Day on 11 April at the Jewish Community Centre. The event was organised by the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (HKHTC), with the support of Kingdom of the Netherlands, Anne Frank House and the Consulate General of Israel in Hong Kong. This year’s theme was “Remembered: Children of the Holocaust”.

All of Hong Kong’s Jewish congregations were represented. In addition, representatives from many consulates, including those of the Netherlands and Germany, joined the evening’s gathering. Opening remarks and introductions were read by Glen Steinman, HKHTC Director. The evening’s programme started with the screening of a moving and tearful video in memory of the children of the Holocaust.

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