Yom HaShoah and Annual Holocaust Commemorations

To see the artwork created by the Lincoln Public School students for In Remembrance, click HERE.

Each year, the IHE organizes Holocaust Commemoration events in Nebraska:

  • For 2024, the IHE plans to host a local Holocaust Commemoration Event in Omaha on May 8, 2024 to participate in tribute to the six million Jewish men, women and children who perished as a result of the Holocaust. We will be hosting a viewing of the movie “How Saba Kept Singing” which seeks to understand how Polish Jewish teenager David Wisnia survived nearly three years in Auschwitz on May 9, 2024.

  • The IHE will also hold an event in Lincoln on May 5, 2024. Stay tuned for more information.

The objectives of the annual Holocaust Commemorations are two-fold:

  1. To remember the 6 million Jews and millions of others who were murdered in Nazi Europe, and all that was lost with them
  2. To honor the living – those who miraculously survived the Holocaust, their children and grandchildren.

The most fitting way to mark Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Commemoration Day) is as a community. This expresses our shared loss – a loss to all of humanity.

Participants in the commemorations benefit from joining together for a few carefully selected readings and prayers, which create an atmosphere of reflection and contemplation. Seeing the few remaining Holocaust survivors light their memorial candles each year and taking just a short amount of time to mark this occasion allows us to acknowledge our tremendous communal loss, and to move forward with a renewed sense of gratitude and a commitment to building a future without prejudice and genocide.