2019 candle lighting ceremony.

State of North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Holocaust Commemoration (scheduled for April 19) was cancelled. Please check back to learn of plans for the 2021 Commemoration (which may be virtual).

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.