Yom Hashoa – Lest we forget

Yom Hashoa

Day of Remembrance
Yom Hashoah — Let us remember…

Six million Jews, including one and a half million children**, were murdered in the Holocaust – a systematic genocide of one third of the entire Jewish population.

Holocaust Day is a day to remember the victims – those that survived, and the many more who did not. It is also a day to recall what human beings are capable of doing to one another.

Holocaust Day falls on 27 Nissan, which this year, will be 26 April 2014. Tomorrow morning, at Jewish cemeteries around South Africa, memorial services are being held for the sake of and to honour those that were murdered in the Holocaust, those that survived the Holocaust and for our own sake. As George Santayana wrote: “Those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it.”

The Holocaust, any holocaust, must never again happen.

Prayers for the Victims of the Holocaust
Translated from the Hebrew in the Rinat Yisrael Machzor

Memorial Prayer for the Departed of the Holocaust

May God remember the souls of all the communities of Israel in the European Diaspora who were sacrificed on the altar during the years of the Holocaust (1939-1945): six million men and women, boys and girls, young men and women, infants and the elderly, who were cruelly slain and butchered, and mass murdered in their dwellings places and cities, and in the forests and villages.

Those surviving were brought like sheep to the slaughter to the concentration camps where they died unnatural deaths, and were burned to ashes in the furnaces of the terrible camps of destruction in Germany and Poland, and in the rest of the occupied countries, at the hands of the murderous German people and their Allies, all of whom were of one counsel to annihilate, kill, and utterly destroy the Jewish people, to wipe out the memory of Judaism, and to erase any association with the name Israel.

God of vengeance, Judge of the Earth, remember the streams of blood that were spilled like water, the blood of fathers and sons, mothers and sucklings, rabbis and their students, and repay the oppressors of your people seventy times over.

Do not silence the scream of “Shema Yisrael!” uttered by those who were taken to their death, and let the groan of the afflicted ascend before the throne of your glory. Avenge, speedily in our days, before our eyes, the blood of your pure and sanctified sons and daughters who never had the privilege to be buried as Jews… As it is written: “For He will avenge the blood of His servants, and vengeance he will serve on their oppressors, and He will atone the Land of His people.”

Amen. Selah. 


Prayer for the Departed:
El Malei Rachamim

O God, full of mercy, who dwells on high,
Grant proper rest on the wings of the Divine Presence
In the lofty levels of the holy and pure,
Who shine like the glow of the firmament – 
For the souls of the Six Million Jews, victims of the European Holocaust Who were killed, slaughtered, burned and wiped out 
for the Sanctification of the Name 
by the murderous Germans and their allies,
 because, without making a vow, 
all the community will pray
 for the uplifting of their souls.

Holocaust2Therefore, may the Master of mercy 
shelter them in the shelter of His wings for eternity; 
And may He bind their souls in the Bond of Life.
The Lord is their heritage. 
And may their resting-place be in the Garden of Eden, 
and may they reach their destiny at the end of days. And let us say Amen.

** Paperclips Project I visited in Whitwell Middle School, Tennessee in 2012 called “ Changing the World, One Class at a time


About d1nx

Techno-Gran living and working in Pretoria, South Africa and spending 3 months of the year with my 2 daughters and their husbands and 5 grandchildren on the East Bay, Northern Californa. Started blogging on my recovery from Spinal surgery in 2007 and have taken many twists and turns on my life's journey and varying chapters of my life.
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9 Responses to Yom Hashoa – Lest we forget

  1. colonialist says:

    Although this is specifically a day on whicn the Jewish victims are remembered, one should also think of the vast numbers of non-Jews who also suffered the same fate. In addition, there are the other victims of genocides, as with the Turks overrunning Armenia, and also the African ones.
    The propensity for such massively-scaled evil has not been limited to the Nazis.

    • d1nx says:

      Hi Col… there is another day.. can’t remember exactly when it was this year, earlier in the year that does commemorate all who perished in the genocide of the 1940’s – total with Jews and non (included the Gypsy’s, gays, and many more) – which is 11 million souls. If you link to the Paper Clips post that I did last year, that memorial we visited is to 11 million who perished in the Holocaust. And those are only relating to the 1940 decade. Tomorrow morning is specifically a day that Jews attend cemetery services and synagogue services around the world particularly to commemorate those who fell at the hand of the Nazis.

      • colonialist says:

        A bit off the topic, but one of the themes running through my latest fantasy, just completed, is the mass mind-sickness engendered by regimes such as the Nazi one.

  2. footsy2 says:

    Dear Dinx. Miss you and hope you are well.

    • d1nx says:

      I miss you too footsy… but I read all your posts (in my email ;). It’s been a rather hectic time and I can’t discipline myself (or motivate) to write regularly again.. I’m trying :). Love and hugs xxx

  3. Arkenaten says:

    Hey, Dinky do!
    How’s my fav. MOBster?

    Hugs and wotnot… :)

  4. DarlingDee says:

    Thank you for this reminder Dinx. Indeed, we must never allow inhumanity to go unquestioned.

  5. Lily Lau says:

    I can’t still believe Germans were capable of doing that…

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