Tomorrow, Thursday, April 12, is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
As explained by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “the internationally recognized date for Holocaust Remembrance Day corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar [this year it is 4/12/18]. It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In Hebrew, Holocaust Remembrance Day is called Yom Hashoah.” In Israel, on Yom Hashoah a siren sounds and the country pauses to remember the Holocaust. This year, on Thursday, Deerfield will pause its Academic Day for one minute at 10am in silent reflection to remember the Holocaust. Bells in academic buildings will go off at 10am to mark the start of the silent remembrance and will sound again at 10:01 to mark the conclusion. Teachers should pause their classes, and all community members are encouraged, if safely possible, to pause their day in silence for one minute wherever they are.
The library has put together a LibGuide with resources about the Holocaust and some ideas about how to teach the Holocaust.
If you have any resources that you would like included in this guide, please share them directly with Emily Butler in the Library. There is also a display of resources behind the Library circulation desk.
In his Nobel Peace Prize lecture, Holocaust survivor, author and philosopher Elie Wiesel, said the following: “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. The Talmud tells us that by saving a single human being, man can save the world.” As we pause to remember the atrocities of the Holocaust on Thursday, I hope we can all consider ways to stand up to injustice.