2021 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration
Due to quarantine measures, many survivors of the tragedy have to spend this day alone
April 21 marks the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, timed to coincide with the beginning of the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto. In Hebrew, this day is called Yom Hashoah..
Against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, it is not possible to hold commemorative events as usual. For example, there are about 190,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel.. Their average age today is 84 years. Therefore, they are at risk of coronavirus and must stay at home, often alone, so as not to get infected from family and friends..
Offir Ettinger, spokesman for the Israeli Office for the Rights of Holocaust Survivors, notes that loneliness is what they endure the most: “Every year, the number of Holocaust survivors who turn to us for help, but this year, due to isolation, everything is different “.
Oettinger says the wording “curfew” evokes painful memories in some of these people of the harsh restrictions that existed in the ghettos and camps during the war..
Since the start of the pandemic, the number of psychological consultations has increased, which are now conducted by phone or video link.
Of the nine million population of Israel, 13,833 people were infected with the coronavirus; 181 of them died.
Recall that the Holocaust Remembrance Day is celebrated on Nisan 27 according to the Jewish calendar. When that date falls on a Friday, ceremonies are postponed to the previous Thursday, and if it is Sunday, then to the next Monday. In the United States, commemorative events are held from the previous Sunday to the next Sunday..
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