For many, it is impossible to know when their family and friends perished in the Holocaust. The Museum joins with the larger community to mourn and to commemorate the loss on Yom HaShoah—a day when we gather to remember.
The date of Yom HaShoah is in symbolic proximity to the 15th of Nissan, which marks the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943, when Jewish resistance fighters defied their Nazi oppressors and fought for freedom and dignity against hopeless odds.
Each and every day the Museum carries out the solemn responsibility of remembrance, but it is during Yom HaShoah that the public can experience these commemorations through interactions with survivors.
The public is invited to meet artifact donors, Holocaust survivors, and their families in the galleries, and to hear them share their personal recollections and the stories of their artifacts. Holocaust survivors and artifact donors will be in the galleries from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
For students especially, hearing the history directly from those who lived it resonates much stronger than any book, film, or lecture. As the years pass, it becomes increasingly more important for succeeding generations to hear first-person accounts of this incredible tragedy.
Admission for individuals is free with suggested donation on Yom HaShoah. Adult and student groups (10 or more people) must always reserve in advance whenever planning a trip to the Museum; to make arrangements, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yom HaShoah will be observed on Thursday, April 16, 2015.