Yom Hashoah: A day to learn from the horrors of the Holocaust
Yom Hashoah in Hebrew means a day to remember; a day to remember the horrors of the Holocaust, an event in history where millions lost their lives in Nazi concentration camps.
Anyone who enters the B’nai Israel Synagogue in Wilmington will always be reminded about the six million Jews who died. For Rabbi Waxman, Holocaust Remembrance Day means much more. “The events of the Holocaust transcend the Jewish people,” he said. “It’s important for everyone to remember. We don’t want the Holocaust to happen again, we don’t want to let any genocide happen again.”
That is why people like historian Wilbur Jones look to the past to hopefully change the future. “I have studied the Holocaust to the extent that it was probably the most horrible thing that man kind had ever done to each other,” he said.
On this day, many like Rabbi Waxman will light yellow candles as a symbol to remember the Holocaust. He said the most important thing about Holocaust Remembrance Day is passing the story on to others so that it will never happen again.
“We must always tell the story. We may not have all been to Europe, we all didn’t live through the Holocaust but we can live through it through the literature, through remembering,” Rabbi Waxman said.
Five-thousand Jewish communities were wiped out during the Holocaust. About five-million non-Jews were also victims of the genocide.
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