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Yom HaShoah in Australia

Many Australians with Jewish ties or heritage observe Yom Hashoah, which is also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. It commemorates the lives and heroism of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945.

Railroad car used during the Holocaust
Railroad cars, such as the one pictured above, were used as a form of transport for Holocaust victims during World War II. They are remembered on Yom Hashoah.
Railroad cars, such as the one pictured above, were used as a form of transport for Holocaust victims during World War II. They are remembered on Yom Hashoah.
©iStockphoto.com/Brittany Carter Courville

What Do People Do?

Many people in Australia, including those with Jewish ancestry or connections, observe Yom Hashoah on the 27th day of the month of Nisan. Many Jewish communities hold commemorative ceremonies or events to remember Holocaust victims who died during World War II.

Synagogue services are held in Australia during Yom Hashoah and rituals may vary. Activities may include lighting memorial candles and reciting prayers. Holocaust survivors may also share their stories with people.  Discussion forums are also held, where academics on human rights issues discuss the consequences of the Holocaust. Exhibitions and book launches that focus on the Holocaust may also take place during Yom HaShoah.

Educational programs about the historical events associated with Yom Hashoah are shown around this time of the year, particularly to students learning about Jewish history. These programs may include a documentary featuring Holocaust survivors’ stories or a viewing of a Holocaust-themed film. Teaching resources and guidelines may accompany some of these programs.

Public Life

Yom Hashoah is not a federal public holiday in Australia.

Background

Israel’s Knesset (parliament) established Yom Hashoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, as a memorial to about six million Jewish people who were slaughtered by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. It is observed on the 27th day of the month of Nisan. The full name of the day is Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah, which means the "Day of (remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism".

About Yom HaShoah in other countries

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Yom HaShoah Observances

Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
MonApr 122010Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
MonMay 22011Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
WedApr 182012Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
MonApr 82013Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
MonApr 282014Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
WedApr 152015Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
WedMay 42016Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
MonApr 242017Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
WedApr 112018Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
WedMay 12019Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
TueApr 212020Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 

Quick Facts

Yom Hashoah remembers the lives and sacrifices of about six million Holocaust victims who died during World War II. This observance is annually held on the 27th day of the month of Nisan.

Yom HaShoah 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Yom HaShoah 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Yom HaShoahEnglish
Jom haScho'a (Holocaust-Gedenktag)German
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.

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