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Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)

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From sunset today to sunset tomorrow marks Yom HaShoah (יום השואה), a day to honor the memory of the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust.

Yom HaShoah is a national holiday in Israel, commemorated by speeches by the President and Prime Minister at Yad Vashem, the lighting of six torches by Holocaust survivors, prayers by the chief rabbis and two minutes of silence across the nation. While other countries have their own Holocaust days as well, many Jews around the world also observe the day at home and at important historical sites.

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Israelis stand in silence as the siren sounds for Yom Hashoah.

Millions of Israelis paused for two minutes Monday in solemn silence as air raid sirens wailed across the country to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The annual commemoration for the 6 million Jews killed in Europe during the Holocaust brought the country to a standstill at 10 a.m., with drivers standing alongside their cars on highways and normally bustling city centers freezing for the funereal event.

Look at this picture. What do you see? You might see ordinary people.

I don’t.

These aren’t ordinary people to me. These people are my relatives, my family.

Everyone, let me introduce you to my great-grandparents, Jonas and Eleonore (Rothenstein) Steinhaus, the people in the right and center, respectively. The woman on the left is my great-aunt, Margarethe “Grete” (Steinhaus) Kaiser.

Jonas was born on September 13, 1877 in a city then called Tarnopol, in what was then the Austro-Hungarian Empire. (It is now known as Tarnopil’, in the Ukraine.) Eleonore was born probably sometime in early January 1879, in Tarnow, also in the same Empire. (It is now Tarnow, Poland.) When they were both young, they moved to Vienna, the capital city of the Empire. They got married in the Staadttempel in May 1904. The next April, they had their first child, a girl, named Margarethe, whom my entire family refers to as Grete. They also had a son, named Hans, who was born in January 1913.

From the little bit I do know about him and his family, they lived in District II of Vienna which was known then as the “Jewish District.” He also owned a leather goods store on the first floor (the ground floor for those of you in England) of his apartment building while he and his family lived up on the second (aka first) floor. From what I do know, I think they had a happy life there.

In 1926, Hans had his Bar Mitzvah at their local synagogue, the Leopoldstaadter Temple. And in 1929, Grete was married to Siegfried Kaiser also in the Staadttemple.

In 1938, their world turned to hell.

The Nazis marched into Vienna in March of ‘38, and life began to get worse for them. Siegfried was arrested in June of ‘38, got taken to one (if not two) concentration camps, which lasted for a year. In August, Hans fled. And in November, Kristallnacht (“The Night of Broken Glass”) occurred. I’m guessing that probably Jonas’ store was broken into. That spring, Siegfried was released, got some help, and fled the country.

This picture was taken in the summer of 1941 and was sent to Hans who was in America by that time.

On September 13, 1942, Jonas celebrated his 65th birthday. The next day, the three of them along with almost 7,000 Viennese Jews were loaded onto cattle cars and taken to Camp Maly Trostinec in Belarus. There, 50 people were selected to work on the farm there. Jonas, Elenore, and Grete were not among them. They were taken with the rest of the people there to a ditch where they were shot.

Jonas was 65, Eleonore was 63, and Grete was 37. They were killed all for the sake of being Jewish.

Never forget.

Please share this. Please reblog this. I want their story to live on the Internet, to know that they have “lived” in some way in at least one person’s mind. Let this be a lesson, to remember what happens when we let hate overcome our world.

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Today marks holocaust remembrance day. Today we remember the innocent souls that died because of their religion, their sexuality, their race, their   disability and because they were different. 11 millions souls perished in    this genocide (6 million of them were Jews). Let this be a reminder of   the outcome of where hatred and  ignorance can lead. Let us learn from     history and bring light instead of darkness into this world.

Most importantly, let it serve as a reminder that If humanity has the power to destroy 11 million lives, it also has the power to save 11 million lives; the power to turn ashes into trees.
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WATCH: Israelis pause in silence as siren sounds for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Cars stop on the highways, pedestrians freeze in place, and everyone - men, women, children, young, old, male, female, Arab and Jew - expected to solemnly reflect.

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Photograph of Hungry Internees at the German Prison Camp in Belsen, Germany, 4/28/1945

Records of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, National Archives Identifier: 594425

Holocaust Remembrance Week is April 27–May 4, 2014

On April 28, 1945, the Army Signal Corps photographed these internees at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany 13 days after their liberation by the British. Despite desperate efforts to save them, 14,000 of the 45,000 prisoners interned at Bergen-Belsen had died by the end of June from the effects of their imprisonment.

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April 8, 2013: Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah)

Today, Americans commemorate the Holocaust and remember its victims.

Yom Hashoah is Israel’s official day to honor the Jewish Holocaust victims. In 1979, Congress established an annual eight-day remembrance period that begins on the Sunday before Yom Hashoah and ends the following Sunday.

This past weekend, Defiant Requiem, a film about Jewish prisoners at Terezin concentration camp, aired on PBS. In the spring of 1944, a handpicked group of Nazi officers were treated to an unusual performance by inmates in a concentration camp.

What appeared to be a soaring rendition of a choral masterpiece was intended as a subversive condemnation of the Nazis and a desperate message to the outside world. In the face of horrific living conditions, slave labor and the constant threat of deportation to Auschwitz, the Jewish inmates of Terezin concentration camp — artists, musicians, poets and writers — fought back with art and music.  

Learn more about the prisoners at the Terezin concentration camp.

Image: Graves of prisoners in Terezin during the World War II

Today is Yom Hashoah (יום השואה), or Holocaust remembrance day. Today is a day where Jews around the world remember. They remember and commemorate the 6 millions Jews that were slaughtered throughout the holocaust, from 1939-1945. Out of the 6 million, around 1.5 million were children. 1.5 million children that had a future. 1.5 million children that would have had children, who would have had children. One of them could have had been the scientist who finds a cure for cancer. One of them could have been a researcher that discovers a groundbreaking technological breakout. All this was blackened out by the mass murdering of the Jews by Nazi Germany and it’s allies. Take a moment out of your day just to remember, and understand the horrors that one group can cause, and how many lives were lost, due to ignorance, hatred and racism. 

Never forget the 6 million that perished.

Today is Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. However, in order to avoid the desecration of the Sabbath, it was pushed off till tomorrow. This link shows 20 photos that change the Holocaust narrative. These images show “our inner power, our inner turmoil in dealing with a situation we cannot comprehend, our attempts to gain justice, and our final steps into moving above and beyond our past and into a new future.”

Yom Hashoah 2013

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6 million Jews and 5 millions other souls were tortured and killed by the Nazis.

Today, we remember them all and vow to never forget. 

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"asocial", lesbians, mentally ill, prostitutes, addicts (drugs, alcohol), Gypsies (Romani), homeless (beggars), and others ETA: disabled 

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Jehovah’s Witnesses,

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non-Jewish political prisoners

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Poles Jewish and non-Jewish, those who were married to, or helped, the Jews survive, interracial couples, and many more I know I’m forgetting -  and I apologize for that.

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