Every year Jews around the world remember the tragic events of the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah. Also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, there is no set way to observe this holiday and every Jewish community has its own traditions. Some hold memorial services where poetry is read and prayers are offered. Others light candles in honor of the dead, perhaps at their local Holocaust memorial. In Israel, a siren sounds at 10AM on Yom HaShoah. While the alarm sounds, everyone stands and remembers those who fell victim to the Nazi regime.
This year Yad VaShem, Israel's official Holocaust memorial, hosted a competition where artists were asked to design posters that captured the essence of Yom HaShoah. The winning poster is pictured above and was created by Doriel Rimmer. You can see other entries by clicking here.
Yom HaShoah begins tonight (April 18, 2012) and ends tomorrow (April 19, 2012) at sundown.
Want to learn more about the Holocaust? About.com's 20th Century History Guide, Jennifer Rosenberg, has compiled a comprehensive Holocaust resource.