Remembering the Perished, Caring for the Survivors

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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25 Apr 2017
Remembering the Perished, Caring for the Survivors

Two days each year are set aside to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, an important reminder to the world to never turn a blind eye to hatred. European Jews that survived Nazi atrocities are now in our care, but not for much longer.

The first Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed internationally on the 27th of January, when the concentration camp in Auschwitz was liberated by Allied forces. The second memorial day, observed in Israel and known as Yom HaShoah, usually falls in April or early May and is linked to the Uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto. The International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, representing the global family of Christians while being located in the land of Israel, is mindful of both commemorations. 

In January, the ICEJ marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day by laying a wreath at Yad Vashem and then participating in a ceremony with Israeli Knesset members and hundreds of guests at our Home for Holocaust Survivors in Haifa. Holocaust survivors Mordechai Lieber and Shalom Sztamberg shared personal stories of their horrible experiences during the Holocaust, remembering the many family members of attendees who perished.

Haifa Home resident Shoshanna Kolmer together with Haifa Home director Shimon Sabag and ICEJ senior spokesman David Parsons ignited a flame of commemoration. “We are here today to remember and we will not cease to do so, and we will never forget what happened during the Holocaust,” Yudit Setz from the ICEJ assured the crowd, specially addressing the Survivors present. “We love you and care for you and we will stand with you always.”

This year on Yom HaShoah, all Israelis will once again stop in their tracks and remain silent for a minute to remember the ones they lost to human hatred and ignorance during World War II. The ICEJ will stand together with the people of Israel in their moment of mourning and reflection. On that day we will also continue making our love known to the Holocaust Survivors in our care.

YOUR SUPPORT IS VITAL in making sure the Holocaust Survivors KNOW LOVE in their latter days. Your gift to the Haifa Home for Holocaust Survivors ensures that the elderly in our care live the remainder of their days in dignity.

 

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