Preserve Their Memory: Yom HaShoah v’HaGevurah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

Shortly after Israel was founded, the Knesset passed legislation designating each 27th of Nisan as Yom HaShoah v’HaGevurah, in North America known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. It was on that Hebrew calendar date in 1943 that a tiny band of poorly-armed Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto rose up against their Nazi tormentors, beginning a revolt that held out many arduous days till its last breath, as it were.

Here in Kansas City, our community gathers each Spring on the Sunday nearest that Hebrew date to commemorate what arguably was the darkest period of Jewish history. This year’s event will be held at 1:30 pm this Sunday, April 15, in the White Theater on the Jewish Community Campus. May the memory of those who perished in the Shoah ever be a blessing. And may the fortitude of those who survived ever be an inspiration!