2019 candle lighting ceremony.

State of North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration

Due to the coronavirus emergency, the 2020 State of North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration, which had been scheduled for April 19, has been cancelled. The Council offers these links to online Holocaust commemorations. (You do not need a Facebook account to view these events on Facebook.)

April 19. Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York City. Virtual Presentation: New York’s Annual Gathering of Remembrance, April 19, 2020, 2pm EDT. Watch on the museum's website, Facebook page, or YouTube channel.

April 19. Holocaust Speakers Bureau and the Levin Jewish Community Center, Chapel Hill/Durham, NC. Yom HaShoah Commemoration, April 19, 2pm EDT. Speaker--Lex Silbiger, "The Great Escape: How a Six-Year-Old Fled Nazi-Occupied Netherlands in Search of a Safe Haven." Zoom link: Password: 401705.

April 21. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC. Online Remembrance Commemoration, Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 11am EDT. Watch on the museum’s Facebook page.

The Annual Commemorations feature

  • A Holocaust survivor or 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.