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Yom HaShoah in United Kingdom

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.

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Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Yom HaShoah 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Note: Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday.
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Many people in the United Kingdom 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.

©iStockphoto.com/Brittany Carter Courville

What do people do?

Many people in the United Kingdom, 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 the United Kingdom during Yom Hashoah and rituals may vary. Activities may include lighting memorial candles and reciting the Kaddish, which is a prayer for the departed, as well as the El Maleh Rahamim, a memorial prayer. Holocaust survivors may also share their stories to groups of people.

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 the United Kingdom.

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".

Symbols

A Holocaust memorial at London’s Hyde Park remembers the Holocaust victims who died during World War II. It consists of two boulders set in raked gravel and surrounded by silver birch trees. The inscription reads (when translated from Hebrew to English) “For thee I weep. Streams of tears flow from my eyes because of the destruction of my people”.

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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
SunApr 221990Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
ThuApr 111991Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
ThuApr 301992Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
SunApr 181993Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
ThuApr 71994Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
ThuApr 271995Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
TueApr 161996Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
MonMay 51997Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
WedApr 221998Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
TueApr 131999Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
TueMay 22000Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
WedApr 182001Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
TueApr 92002Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
TueApr 292003Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
MonApr 192004Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
WedMay 42005Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
TueApr 252006Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
MonApr 162007Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
WedApr 302008Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
TueApr 212009Yom HaShoahJewish holiday 
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 

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