A solemn day of remembrance begins at sundown in Israel, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).
All over the nation, places of public entertainment will close, and a state ceremony will be held in the Warsaw Ghetto Square in Jerusalem to honor the Jewish people who perished in Nazi Germany.
The flag will be lowered to half-staff, prayers will be recited, and six Holocaust survivors will light the six torches that symbolize the Six Million Jews who perished in the Holocaust (half the world’s Jewish population at the time) under Hitler’s Final Solution.
Multiple tracks led from all over Europe to concentration camps like Auschwitz. Jewish people were crammed into cattle cars and shipped to these death camps. Very few survived. Of course, the Nazis intended that no one survive. Auschwitz was the largest Nazi concentration camp in Europe during World War II. More than 1,100,000 men, women, and children lost their lives here. While multiple tracks led in to these extermination camps, no one ever came out on them.
Many were gassed immediately upon arrival and their bodies burned in ovens. Those who were healthy enough to work when they arrived were literally worked to death. The Nazis packed Jewish people like cattle into railroad cars as they shipped them to their final destination at labor and extermination camps. Those camps were part of Hitler’s “Final Solution” to kill all of the Jewish People.
This horrible, unfathomable number—six million murdered—does not count the many Jewish children who will never be born because of this genocide.
Whole families were destroyed. Some Jewish people who came out of the Holocaust were the sole survivor of their family. They were left completely alone.
Some of those who perished were the parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles.
May We Never Forget.
Take a moment to pray for the survivors and families of survivors, and the emotional scars they carry.
“The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; He will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.” (Isaiah 51:3)
Some say this event never happened! Please Stand with the Jewish people. To Never Forget!