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Yom Hashoah

    Yom Hashoah is a day set aside by some to remember the six million Jews who were killed by the Nazis during the time of Shoah. Many people who died are unknown and they cannot be named, but wherever they are known, their names are recorded and recalled. Often, their names are read in the words of a memorial prayer, which may be preformed at a Yom Hashoah service.

    In several parts of the world there are stone memorials in place for those Jews killed in the Shoah. In London for instance there is a huge slab stone in memory of shoah. People gather in Hyde Park to express their feelings and also so they can become strong enough to stand up against a power like the Nazis again.

    In Jerusalem there is a very large memorial centre known as Yad V'Shem. An important part of this is the avenue of trees, each one planted in the name of someone who helped Jews during the shoah. One such person was Miep Gies who bought food and other things every day to Anne Frank and her family. Anne kept a diary, which was later published by way of Miep saving the diary when the Nazis took Anne and her family. When Miep was asked why she was helping the Jews she said "It was easier to help then to live with the thought of them having no-one to turn to."

    Holocaust Remembrance Day is dedicated to the memory of the 6 million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis during World War II. It is marked by public observances.

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