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Yom HaShoah in the United Kingdom

On Yom HaShoah, many people in the UK commemorate the murder of about 6 million Jews during the Holocaust. This Jewish observance is not to be confused with the United Nations' Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Cattle wagons were used to transport victims.
The Nazis used cattle wagons to transport victims to the extermination sites. To this day, they remain powerful symbols for the unspeakable crimes committed during the Holocaust.
©iStockphoto.com/Brittany Carter Courville

Yom HaShoah in the Jewish Calendar

Yom Hashoah is usually observed on the 27th day of Nisan, the first month of the Jewish calendar. If the 27th of Nisan falls on a Friday, the event is moved to Thursday; if it falls on a Sunday, it is moved to Monday. Either way, Yom HaShoah always falls in April or May in the Gregorian calendar.

Is Yom HaShoah a Public Holiday?

Although some Yom HaShoah commemoration events in the UK draw large crowds, the day is not a public holiday in the United Kingdom.

Yom Hashoah Commemoration Events in the UK

In synagogues all across the United Kingdom, special services are held to mark Yom HaShoah and offer prayers for the victims of the Holocaust. These may include the Mourner's Kaddish, a prayer for the departed, as well as the El Maleh Rahamim, a memorial prayer. It is also customary to light memorial candles to mark the day.

Each year, the Forum for Yom HaShoah organizes the National Yom HaShoah Commemoration in London. This large-scale event usually draws thousands of people, both those belonging to the Jewish community and people from all walks of life wishing to show their support.

Yom Hashoah History

Yom Hashoah commemorates the genocide of about 6 million Jews during the Second World War by Germany's Nazi regime. This event, during which about two-thirds of Europe's Jewish population was systematically murdered, is referred to as Holocaust or Shoah.

Yom HaShoah, along with other Holocaust memorial days, such as the UN's Holocaust Remembrance Day, plays an important role in preventing similar events from happening again by disseminating the stories of survivors to a wide audience and keeping the memory of one of the worst genocides in history alive.

About Yom HaShoah in other countries

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Yom HaShoah Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
MonApr 122010Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
MonMay 22011Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
WedApr 182012Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
MonApr 82013Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
MonApr 282014Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
WedApr 152015Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
ThuMay 52016Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
MonApr 242017Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
WedApr 112018Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
WedMay 12019Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 
TueApr 212020Yom HaShoahJewish commemoration 

Quick Facts

Yom Hashoah, held on the 27th day of the month of Nisan, remembers the Holocaust victims who died during World War II.

Yom HaShoah 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Yom HaShoah 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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