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We Should Move Our Commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day

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We must bring up an idea that is hard to digest for public discussion. It should be done with awe and reverence, but with courage, and perhaps the visit this week by 47 heads of state – including kings, princes and presidents – to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial will make it possible to discuss the issue without it turning into a political confrontation. We must touch upon one of the components of the holy of holies of Zionist nationalism: Holocaust Remembrance Day. It should be moved to another date, the day on which all the nations of the world have chosen to commemorate it.

The date of Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day was chosen in Israel according to the date of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. But the uprising began on April 19, 1943, the 14th of Nissan, the eve of Passover. Since the eve of Passover is not a date that is suited for a national memorial day, it was decided in 1951 to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on the 27th of Nissan, six days after the end of Passover and a week before Memorial Day.

That’s a worthy date, of course, but it’s........

© Haaretz