Overview: Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 2022

Transports to Extinction: The Deportation of the Jews during the Holocaust

Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day

Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah in Hebrew) is a national day of commemoration in Israel, on which the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust are memorialized. It is a solemn day, beginning at sunset on the 27th of the month of Nisan and ending the following evening, according to the traditional Jewish custom of marking a day. Places of entertainment are closed and memorial ceremonies are held throughout the country. The central ceremonies, in the evening and the following morning, are held at Yad Vashem and are broadcast live. Marking the start of the day-in the presence of the President of the State of Israel and the Prime Minister, dignitaries, survivors, children of survivors and their families, gather together with the general public to take part in the memorial ceremony at Yad Vashem in which six torches, representing the six million murdered Jews, are lit. The following morning, the ceremony at Yad Vashem begins with the sounding of a siren for two minutes throughout the entire country. For the duration of the sounding, work is halted, people walking in the streets stop, cars pull off to the side of the road and everybody stands at silent attention in reverence to the victims of the Holocaust. Afterward, the focus of the ceremony at Yad Vashem is the laying of wreaths at the foot of the six torches, by dignitaries and the representatives of survivor groups and institutions. Other sites of remembrance in Israel, such as the Ghetto Fighters' Kibbutz and Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, also host memorial ceremonies, as do schools, military bases, municipalities and places of work. Throughout the day, both the television and radio broadcast programs about the Holocaust. In recent years, other countries and Jewish communities have adopted Yom Hashoah, the 27th of Nisan, to mark their own day of memorial for the victims of the Holocaust.

Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 2022 will be on Thursday, April 28th. The State Opening Ceremony will be held at Yad Vashem on Wednesday, April 27th at 20:00.

Program of Events at Yad Vashem

Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, Thursday, 28 April 2022




Wreath-laying ceremony with the participation of Israel’s President, Prime Minister, Speaker of the Knesset, President of the Supreme Court, representatives of survivor and fighter organizations and delegations from throughout the country — Warsaw Ghetto Square


“Unto Every Person There Is A Name” Recitation of Holocaust victims’ names by members of the public — Hall of Remembrance and the Knesset


Behind the Scenes: Activities for the General Public on the Yad Vashem Campus.


Main memorial ceremony — Hall of Remembrance


Guided tour of the Holocaust History Museum focusing on this year's Central Theme: Deportations. For more information and to register: 02-6443802


Ceremony for Youth Movements in the presence of Israel Minister of Education, and in cooperation with the Ministry of Education’s Youth and Social Administration and the Youth Movement Council — Valley of the Communities.
Admission by personal invitation only

Throughout the day, Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies will be running a variety of activities for educational groups from Israel and abroad. In addition, a number of musical performances will be held across Israel as part of the "Musical Memory" project in cooperation with the Israel Association of Community Centers.

Exhibitions at Yad Vashem

Flashes of Memory: Photography during the Holocaust"Exhibitions Pavilion

"Gathering the Fragments" Behind the scenes of the campaign to rescue personal items from the Holocaust period — Archives and Library Building Foyer