The U.S. Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. DoDEA joins the world in honoring the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, as well as the millions of non-Jewish victims of Nazi persecution.
This year, the Holocaust Days of Remembrance week will be observed from April 24 to May 1, 2022. Holocaust Remembrance Day will be Thursday, April 28, 2022. This day is observed each year during the week of Remembrance that runs from the Sunday before Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) through the following Sunday.
In 1980 through Public Law 96-388, the United States Holocaust Memorial Council was established to lead the nation in commemorating the Holocaust, and to raise private funds for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Council consists of 55 members, who serve for five-year terms, and are appointed by the President. Additionally, five members each from the Senate and House of Representatives, and three ex-officio members from the Departments of Education, Interior, and State complete the Council.
The 2022 theme Determination, Hope, and Honor is a testament to the resiliency of Holocaust survivors, a tribute to their protectors and liberators, and a memorial to the fallen. This year, we pay tribute to former U.S. Army Corporal and Medal of Honor recipient, Tibor "Teddy" Rubin. Born in a small town in Hungary, Tibor and his family were sent to the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, when he was 13 years old, because they were Jewish. Both of his parents and one of his sisters did not survive the Holocaust. He survived in the camp for 14 months. On May 5, 1945, Mauthausen was liberated by soldiers from the U.S. 41st Reconnaissance Squadron of the 11th Armored Division. Their compassion for people in the camp made a deep impression on the teenager. After immigrating to the United States, Tibor Rubin sought to repay his new nation by enlisting in the U.S. Army. As a Jew and non-citizen serving in the Army during the Korean War, he experienced prejudice and saw that America did not always live up to its ideals. He, nevertheless, kept faith in the promise of the nation and, as a rifleman in the 1st Calvary Division, his heroic actions in combat and selfless acts on behalf of his comrades while a prisoner of war earned Corporal Rubin the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for valor.
As we remember the innocent Jewish men, women, and children murdered by the Nazi regime, we also recognize the valiant non-Jewish individuals who risked their lives, families, and livelihoods to save people fleeing imprisonment and death. Known as the Righteous Among the Nations, they have a special place of honor and gratitude.
Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen hosted the 29th Annual Federal Inter-Agency Holocaust Remembrance Program, “Courage Facing Evil” on April 28, 2022. The program featured two Holocaust survivors, Susan Warsinger and Rachel (Rae) Goldfarb.