Anniversaries & holidays

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

Morze kwiatów pod Pomnikiem Bohaterów Getta w Warszawie.
fot. M. Jaźwiecki / Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

On 17th-18th of April, Israel will observe its Yom HaShoah national holiday – Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is second only to International Holocaust Remembrance Day (27th January), a day devoted to the tragedy of the Holocaust.

Yom HaShoah, preceding the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, is a time to commemorate the Jewish resistance movement in occupied Europe. The full name of the day is Yom Hazikaron laShoah ve-laG'vurah, a Day of Remembering the Holocaust and Acts of Courage. On that day, sirens sound in Israel and public life pauses, for a moment, in tribute to Jews who died in German-occupied Europe. In recent years, it has become an opportunity to remember, not only participants in the armed underground, but also those Jews who fought the occupier in a different, but no less important manner.

In Warsaw, we take this time to remember the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, as well as the civilian population imprisoned in the Warsaw ghetto during the Uprising. For the occasion of Yom HaShoah and the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, POLIN Museum will open our new temporary exhibition, "Around Us a Sea of Fire. The Fate of Jewish Civilians During the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising" to the public. The Museum, which is normally closed on Tuesdays, will be open especially for this commemorate day, and visitors will get a chance to experience a one-of-kind exhibition dedicated to the memory of the civilians of the Warsaw ghetto.