Students from NIU's Jewish student organization, Hillel and Alpha Epsilon Pi gathered Monday to commemorate Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) .
Thousands of ceremonies commemorating the memory of victims of the Holocaust were held worldwide on Monday, Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day – but only one ceremony specifically remembers the Jews who took great risks to save their fellows during the Holocaust. That ceremony takes place in the hills outside Beit Shemesh, at the Martyrs' Forest Scroll of Fire Plaza, and is held by the B'nai B'rith World Center and the Jewish National Fund.
This year’s event memorialized the rescue activities of Otto Komoly, President of the Zionist Federation in Hungary during the Holocaust,, whose actions saved the lives of thousands of Jews. Komoly was abducted by agents of the Hungarian Arrow Cross fascist regime on January 1, 1945, barely two weeks before the liberation of Budapest, and all contact with him was lost. It is presumed that he was murdered and his body dispatched into the Danube River along with thousands of other Jews. Over 600,000 Hungarian Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, the vast majority in the months leading up to the end of the war...more.
Israel came to a standstill as a siren sounded for two minutes in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
Following the siren Monday morning, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Yad Vashem Hall of Remembrance as part of Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.
On Monday, the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem and the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael held a joint Holocaust commemoration ceremony dedicated annually to commemorating the heroism of Jews who rescued fellow Jews during the Holocaust. The ceremony took place in the Martyrs’ Forest “Scroll of Fire” Plaza.
The ceremony recalled the rescue activities of Otto Komoly, president of the Zionist Federation in Hungary and the chairman of the Hungarian Jewish community’s clandestine Rescue Committee, and later director of the International Red Cross' “Department A” responsible for rescuing Jewish children...more.
by Sam Sokol
Preparations are underway across the country for the observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins on Sunday evening.
The central theme of this year’s ceremony is defiance and rebellion during the Holocaust, Yad Vashem announced, marking 70 years since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
The B’nai B’rith World Center and the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund will also mark Holocaust Remembrance Day with a joint ceremony in commemoration of those Jews whose resistance consisted of rescuing “fellow Jews during the years of torment in Europe” on Monday.
The ceremony will honor Otto Komoly, president of the Zionist Federation in Hungary, who saved thousands of Jewish children through the establishment of a network of 52 shelters under the protection of the Red Cross.
Komoly oversaw the rescue of 5,000 Jewish children and the aliya of some 15,000 Hungarian Jews by way of Romania during the war...more.
by Aaron Kalman
Israelis commemorated Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day Sunday night, marking the start of 24 hours during which schools, government offices, the IDF and local municipalities will hold ceremonies to honor those murdered by the Nazis and their helpers.
The national flag was lowered to half mast at 8 p.m. at the start of the main ceremony wat the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke and Six Holocaust survivors lit memorial torches in memory of the 6 million Jews who were murdered.
On Monday, B’nai B’rith and the Jewish National Fund will hold a ceremony commemorating Jews who rescued fellow Jews during the Holocaust. The ceremony will center on the actions of Otto Komoly, a Hungarian Jew who oversaw the rescue of some 5,000 Jewish children. His granddaughter will be in attendance...more.
European Jewish Press: Holocaust Memorial Day : a ceremony in Jerusalem honoring the heroism of Jews who saved their brethren
by Yossi Lempkowicz
Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL-JNF), the largest Jewish environmental organisation in the world, and the B’nai B’rith World Center will hold Monday a ceremony in Jerusalem in honor of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, with a special mention for the heroism of Jews who saved their brethren during the Holocaust...more.
by George Altshuler
Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remem-brance Day, falls on April 8 and groups around the Bay Area will take different approaches to the question of how to honor the victims of the Holocaust.
Many of the remembrances will take place April 7 and will include readings of victims’ names and memorial candlelightings. As part of its service that day, Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton will commemorate a Torah that survived the Holocaust even after Nazis seized it.
...B’nai B’rith will hold its annual commemoration, “Unto Every Person There Is a Name,” at the George Segal Holocaust Memorial at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a special lighting of candles by Holocaust survivors at noon. The George Segal Holocaust Memorial is at 100 34th Ave., S.F. Free. (415) 752-9304...more.
The B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem and the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL-JNF) will hold a unique joint Holocaust commemoration ceremonyon Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day/Yom Hashoah (April 8) - the only one dedicated annually to commemorating the heroism of Jews who rescued fellow Jews during the years of torment in Europe. Some 200 Border Patrol Cadets – who will provide an honor guard - and 200 high school students will participate together with Jewish rescuers and survivors.
The ceremony will take place at the Martyrs' Forest “Scroll of Fire” Plaza at 10:00 and will be preceded at 09:30 by a presentation of the Jewish Rescuers Citation to some 30 members of the underground Zionist Youth Movement in Hungary or their next of kin. The ceremony will take place this year for the eleventh consecutive year...more.
by Taylor Schwink
In 1888, the fledgling Jewish community of Jerusalem suffered from stagnation, vulnerability and poverty. A pioneering group of community leaders—including such historic Zionist figures as Eliezer Ben Yehudah and David Yellin—committed to breathe new energy into the community by promoting the revival of Hebrew as the living vernacular of the community and by establishing a variety of other groundbreaking initiatives aimed at improving community life. Thus—10 years before Theodor Herzl’s first Zionist Congress—the B’nai B’rith Jerusalem Lodge formed.
Twenty-three years earlier, in 1865, the United States-based B’nai B’rith raised more than $4,500 ($67,000 in current values) to assuage the effects of a severe outbreak of cholera in what was to become the State of Israel. They would also send more than $200,000 in 1934 to help acquire acreage that could be an important basis for a new Jewish state, and would send millions of dollars in cash, medical supplies and equipment to Israel throughout the years.
125 years after the creation of the Jerusalem Lodge, B’nai B’rith is still involved with Israel in many of the same ways. B’nai B’rith provides aid to victims of terror attacks. It is a staunch supporter at the United Nations and other international bodies of Israel’s right to defend itself. And B’nai B’rith is invested in connecting Jews around the world to the State of Israel...more.
by Nathan Jeffay
Israel will mark Yom Hashoah on Sunday night and Monday, with special events across the country, and a ceremony to commemorate a Hungarian hero. The B’nai B’rith World Centre in Jerusalem and the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) hold the only event in Israel dedicated to the heroism of Jews who rescued fellow Jews. This year it will pay special tribute to the remarkable Otto Komoly, who will be represented by his granddaughter Orna Barnea.
“His is a spectacular story – he saved so many Jews and made such a contribution, which is why we thought it important to honour him,” B’nai Brith spokesman Golan Yossifon told The AJN...more.