Remembering the Holocaust

From generation to generation.

Today is
Yom HaShoah
, Holocaust Remembrance Day. This is a somewhat new holiday–it was adopted by the Israeli Knesset (parliament) in 1953 to commemorate the lives lost in the Holocaust. In Israel, a siren is sounded across the country and everything stops–cars, buses, factories. People stand in silent remembrance for a minute, and then continue with their day.

Though we often try to shield our children from tough topics, we can’t always prevent them from hearing things. So if your child comes home and asks you about the Holocaust, here’s our advice on how best to answer their questions. And maybe by answering them with kindness, love, and truth, we can help pave the way to a world that is free of all holocausts.

Amy Deutsch

Amy is a Jewish educator and a mom. After graduating from Brandeis University she received a master’s degree at the Jewish Theological Seminary where she was a Wexner Fellow. Over the past 10 years Amy has developed experience in teaching, family education, camp, curriculum writing, and most recently, has begun teaching “Baby & Me” classes.

The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. Comments are moderated, so use your inside voices, keep your hands to yourself, and no, we're not interested in herbal supplements.

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