Proposed Day to Devote to Holocaust Survivors #holocaust

Jan Meisels Allen

We are familiar with International Holocaust Remembrance Day January  27th commemorated in each year as the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day begins in 2021 at sunset on Wednesday April 7 and is commemorated on Thursday April 8. It corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar. It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.


A new commemorative day is being proposed for Holocaust survivors. Jonathan Ornstein, director of the JCC Krakow in Poland, and Michael Berenbaum, director of the Sigi Ziering Institute at the American Jewish University, have jointly proposed a new holiday. Holocaust Survivor Day would be celebrated on June 26, the birthday of a prominent Polish survivor and advocate, Marian Turski.


They proposed June 26 because it is the birthday of Marian Turski. Born Mosze Turbowicz in 1926, Turski survived Auschwitz and the 1945 death march of prisoners from that camp to Buchenwald. Following liberation Turski moved to Warsaw, where he is involved in the work of the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland, the Association of Jewish Combatants and Victims of the Second World War and the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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