Commemoration Virtual State of North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration The 2021 State of North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration will be virtual and available for viewing on YouTube beginning April 11, 1pm, at http://bit.ly/2021commemoration.The half-hour program will remain online for teacher and public use. The Keynote Presentation is “Life as a Child of Holocaust Survivors” by Shelly Bleiweiss of Wake Forest, NC. Shelly’s parents survived the Holocaust independently and in the open using fake identities, after having met and fallen in love during a deportation. Shelly shares his unique experiences growing up as the first-born child of survivors and explains what led him to a career in social work and to his current commitment as a Holocaust educator, which he has done for over 20 years. The Candle Lighting Ceremony honors three groups: the millions of victims of the Holocaust, the soldiers who liberated the concentration camps, and the Righteous Among the Nations (non-Jews who risked theirs lives to save Jews and other persecuted groups from death at the hands of the Nazis). Please view and distribute the description flyer about the Virtual Commemoration. The Annual Commemorations feature A Holocaust survivor, child of survivors, or Holocaust scholar as the guest speaker Presentations by state officials, clergy, and others A candle-lighting ceremony. View the 2019 Holocaust Commemoration program. View news features on the 2016 commemoration and the 2015 commemoration. Holocaust Remembrance Day Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah in Hebrew) is a day set aside for remembering the victims of the Holocaust and for reminding Americans of what can happen to civilized people when bigotry, hatred, and indifference reign. The United States Holocaust Memorial Council was created by Congress in 1980 to lead the nation in civic commemorations and to encourage appropriate Remembrance observances throughout the country.