Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day 2017

Yom HaShoah at Yad VaShem, 2016. Photo courtesy Yad VaShem.

Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) is a national day of commemoration in Israel, on which the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust are memorialized. It is a solemn day, beginning at sunset on the 27th of the month of Nisan and ending the following evening, according to the traditional Jewish custom of marking a day. Places of entertainment are closed and memorial ceremonies are held throughout the country.

The central state ceremony marking the start of Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day in Israel will be held at Yad Vashem on Sunday night, April 23rd. The ceremony is held in the presence of the President of the State of Israel and the Prime Minister, dignitaries, survivors, children of survivors and their families, together with the general public. This year Yad Vashem will provide a live feed of the ceremony with simultaneous translation to English during the entire ceremony (except during the Torchlighter films where English subtitles are used).

The broadcast will begin Sunday night, April 23rd at 1:00 PM EDT (8:00 PM IDT) and can be viewed here.