Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The first Yom Hashoa

Wikipedia: Yom HaShoah was inaugurated in 1951. The original proposal was to hold Yom Hashoah on the 14th of Nisan the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising (April 19, 1943), but this was problematic because the 14th of Nisan is the day immediately before Pesach (Passover). The date was moved to the 27th of Nisan...

The editorial that appears below was published by The New York Times on the Uprising's first anniversary.

- An account of the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto. (no idea if this was a first mention)
- First mention of the Uprising. Note the following quote: "Polish circles here believe 1,300,000 Polish Jews have perished already..."
- An account of a commemoration held in NYC in 1943, followed by a protest march. Those convinced that American Jews were irriligious in 1943 are encouraged to take a gander at the photo that accompanies the article. (HT: Krum for this article)

Search for more information about Yom Hashoa at 4torah.com.

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