Tuesday, April 21, 2009
YOM HA SHOAH - HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY
Today, April 21st is the commemoration of the Jews who perished and those who showed resistance and heroism during the Holocaust. Up to 7000 people, most of them Jews from across the world, took part in the annual march from Auschwitz to the crematoria of Birkenau in Southern Poland to pay tribute to the millions of Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War Two. In the years 1933-1945, millions of Jewish people suffered under the terror of Nazi rule, where anti-Jewish propaganda, segregation, and mass murder took place.
The German anti-Semitism was based on racial ideology which stated that the Jews were sub-human and the main cause of Germany's problems, while the Aryan race was ultimately superior. In the Holocaust, approximately 6 million Jewish men, women, and children were murdered, in addition to millions of others such as Gypsies, gays and the mentally ill.
Six million Jews, among them one and a half million children, a third of the People of the Covenant, were sent to their death in the gas chambers of Europe. AUSCHWITZ, DACHAU, BUCHENWALD,TREBLINKA, BERGEN-BELSEN, THERESIENSTADT
You may read more about the Holocaust at the following links: Yad Vashem - The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority; The Knesset site; and Wikipedia