Dear Ursinus Community,
Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, reflects the Hebrew term that means “catastrophe” or “utter destruction,” and refers to the genocidal atrocities that were committed against the Jewish people during World War II. The day, whose date was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, calls us to remember those who were murdered and to honor the inspiring acts of bravery that sprung forth from the hatred, violence, and despair that was experienced by millions of people.
We would ask that, wherever you might be, you please pause for a moment of silence tomorrow at 10 am in memory of the six million Jewish victims and millions of other victims of the Nazis (comprised of other persecuted groups such as LGBTQ+ people, those with disabilities, Jehovah’s witnesses, Roma, and political dissidents).
If you would like more background reading on the Holocaust, please check out the following sites:
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