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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.

Is Yom HaShoah a Public Holiday?

Yom HaShoah is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

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 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

Read more about Yom HaShoah.

Yom HaShoah Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015WedApr 15Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2016WedMay 4Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2017MonApr 24Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2018ThuApr 12Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2019ThuMay 2Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2020TueApr 21Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2021WedApr 7Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2022WedApr 27Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2023TueApr 18Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2024MonMay 6Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration
2025WedApr 23Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration

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