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Australian Yom Hashoah commemoration goes online

Michael Visontay
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Published: 20 April 2020

Last updated: 4 March 2024

Virtual events remembering the Holocaust yesterday in NSW and Victoria have been echoed by similar commemorations in other parts of the world

IN DEFERENCE TO the pandemic, this year’s Yom Hashoah commemoration by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies was held online last night rather than in person.

The virtual commemoration included a keynote address by journalist Fiona Harari, author of We Are Here: Stories from Australia’s Oldest Holocaust Survivors, who shared her insights from interviewing Holocaust survivors for the book.

Her address was accompanied by remarks from JBOD President Lesli by Berger, CEO Vic Alhadeff, and Shoah Remembrance chair Danny Hochberg.

In Melbourne, the Jewish Community Council of Victoria and the Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC), which co-host Melbourne’s annual Yom Hashoah commemoration, broadcast their commemoration event on J-Air. The event, titled Together We Remember, included a virtual candle lighting.

JBOD’s Yom Hashoah commemoration can be viewed at www.nswjbd.org
Together We Remember was broadcast on J-AIR 87.8FM on Monday, April 20, 5.15-6.15pm. Info at www.j-air.com.au or www.jhc.org.au

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Photo: Australian journalist Fiona Harari gives the keynote address at the JBOD Yom Hashoah event (screen capture)

About the author

Michael Visontay

Michael Visontay is the Commissioning Editor of TJI. He has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 30 years. Michael is the author of several books, including Who Gave You Permission?, co-authored with child sexual abuse advocate Manny Waks, and Welcome to Wanderland: Western Sydney Wanderers and the Pride of the West.

The Jewish Independent acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and strive to honour their rich history of storytelling in our work and mission.

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