Quick Click: Vignettes from the Jewish News Archives, April 9, 2015
This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day in the United States is April 16. This is different from the International Holocaust Memorial Day of Jan. 27, as established by the United Nations.
While not a federal holidayin 1979, Congress passed a joint resolution to establish the “Days of Remembrance of Victims of the Holocaust.” They chose April 28-29 as the days for that year because those were the days in 1945 when American troops liberated the Dachau concentration camp.
Sen. John Danforth of Missouri was the author of the resolution. Since this time, the eight-day commemoration is determined by the date of Nisan 27 on the Hebrew calendar; the day is also known as Yom HaShoah. From the Sunday before that day, through the following Sunday, is the Week of Remembrance.
In 1981, Michigan Gov. William Milliken signed an executive declaration to establish April 26-May 3 as Remembrance Days. Members of Detroit’s Jewish community were in attendance. It might also be noted that the first woman president of the Jewish Community Relations Council, Marian Shiffman, was there. The Detroit Jewish News was there and covered the story.
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By Mike Smith, Detroit Jewish News Foundation Archivist