Yom HaShoah commemorates the 6 million Jews who died during the Holocaust. Jewish people around the world hold memorials and vigils, often lighting six candles in honor of the six million Holocaust victims.
Some Hillels invited survivors to share their stories with younger generations on campus, while others organized name-reading ceremonies. Below are snapshots from some of the memorials and vigils they organized:
California State University, San Marcos Hillel
Hillel students from California State University, San Marcos gathered on campus to participate in a rededication ceremony of the White Rose Memorial, which commemorates a group of German students who were executed for opposing the Nazi regime. Students were welcomed to the podium to speak about standing against hatred.
Raindrops thrummed on the pavement as Jewish students walked around campus in silence to honor victims of the Holocaust. The memorial program, organized by Hillel Milwaukee and Alpha Epsilon Pi, concluded with a presentation from Yogev Toby, a grandchild of a Holocaust survivor.
San Diego State University Hillel
Bearing signs that read “Never Forget,” students from San Diego State University Hillel participated in a silent walk across campus to remember those who died in the Holocaust. Attendees lit a candle and shared words of strength after the walk.
Elon University Hillel
Students from Elon University Hillel solemnly made their way to the heart on campus to read aloud the names of Holocaust victims. Faculty and students of various faiths took turns reading hundreds of names for six hours.
American University Hillel
American University Hillel organized its annual “Holocaust Remembrance Week” on campus to honor the memories of those who died. Students visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and attended a session with Susan Warsinger, who escaped Nazi Germany as a child.
North Carolina Hillel
Over a 24-hour period, students and community members gathered on campus to read aloud the names of 5,624 victims of the Holocaust. More than 100 attendees took to the mic to participate in the reading, organized by North Carolina Hillel.
Students from Hillel Israel and community members listened as Holocaust survivors told their stories of resilience. The events took place in cramped living rooms and Hillel centers across Israel.
Hofstra University Hillel
In partnership with Alpha Epsilon Pi, Hofstra University Hillel co-hosted its annual “Six Hours for the Six Million.” The event included a name reading of Holocaust victims, a silent walk around the campus grounds and a candle lighting.
Dartmouth College Hillel
Students from Dartmouth College Hillel listened to Holocaust survivor Betty Lauer as she spoke about lessons learned from the Holocaust. The event also featured a reading of the names and ages of children who perished and a candle lighting ceremony.