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Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week

Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed as a day of commemoration for the people who perished in the Holocaust and marks the anniversary of the uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto.

The day is observed on the 27th of Nisan, the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar. Yom HaShoah will be observed on the following days on the Gregorian calendar:

Monday, April 28, 2014
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Monday, April 24, 2017

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on January 27, and was designated by UN General Assembly Resolution in 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

HAI is proud to be a part of an annual series of student-led, campus-wide events at DU that honor the memory of the Holocaust. University of Denver's Holocaust and Genocide Awareness Week is April 27-May 2, 2014 and events are being planned now. Check back regularly for updates!

In April 2013, Hillel, Never Again! and University of Denver Social Justice Living and Learning Community teamed up with HAI to honor the memory of Yom HaShoah. The following events were planned for the campus community:

  • The field of flags is a visual representation of those killed in the Holocaust from every population. Every flag approximates 5,000 deaths. These flags remained on the lawn for the week. 
  • Throughout an entire day volunteers were on the Driscoll Bridge reading the names of those lost during the Holocaust. There was also an information table on the Driscoll bridge with various educational materials. 
  • Teach-In Tuesday/DUPB Speaker Mark Johnson in Davis Auditorium. Never Again! partnered with the LLC's and DUPB for a Teach-In on Global Creative Collaboration followed by a presentation by Mark Johnson, Chairman of the Board for the Playing for Change Foundation.
  • Interfaith Candle Lighting Ceremony at the Holocaust Social Action Site. DU Chaplain Gary Brower led a candle lighting ceremony to recognize those that have been lost and ways we can be socially active in the future.