Holocaust Memory Day Ceremony.
To remind the Holocaust.
24th of JANUARY 2006
Tomorrow, instead of Friday, starts a celebration
of the International Day of Commemoration
to Honor Holocaust
Victims. The Day is celebrated for the first time
this year. It was established by the UN last year.
The extermination of the Jews during the World War
will be reminded in a few places around the world
at the same time, in London, Copenhagen and Prague.
In Poland the ceremony
is planned for Warsaw.
For three days an antique tram
from the 30's will be running through the streets of
Warsaw. "It will run empty, illuminated inside with
torches" says Zuzanna Schnepf from the Shalom Foundation
who is preparing the ceremonies. "It is a symbol of
the tram running in Warsaw's Ghetto and to remind everyone
about absence of people who used to live there. The
tram will run tomorrow from 5 to 7 pm, on Thursday
from 4 to 7 pm and on Friday from 11 am until 4 pm.
Although the Day falls on 27
January, the main ceremony will take place on Thursday
(this year the 27 of January falls on Friday - a day
of Shabbat for the Jews), at the Heroes of the Ghetto
Uprising Monument (at Zamenhof Street). At 4 pm world-wide
famous cantor Israel Rand will sing Jewish songs and
Warsaw's residents can join in
the celebrations also on Friday and participate in "The
Flame of Memory" celebration,
supported by Poland's Cardinal Jozef Glemp.
"At the 4 pm we want everyone to celebrate the memory
of the victims of extermination and put a burning candle
up in their window "explains Schnepf.
Date of celebrations
was proposed by the USA, Russia, Australia, Canada
and Israel. That's how these countries wanted to commemorate
liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. The resolution,
accepted unanimously, established 27 of January as
a Day of Holocaust Memory, it condemns the intolerance
and violence for religious and ethnic reasons.