Issue 6.6: Holocaust and Catastrophe

On April 7, 1959, the Knesset of the State of Israel passed a law establishing the twenty-seventh of Nissan as the day on which to memorialize the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. The concept of a memorial day is not new to the Jews. Our calendar is filled with days dedicated to remembering our past. Thus, dedicating this day “to remembrance of the catastrophe of the Jewish people caused by the Nazis and their aides”is meaningful, if not particularly unexpected.