This evening marks the start of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) around the world.
As Edward Serotta wrote in Haaretz this week,
The date is commemorated in a great variety of ways. There are the events and ceremonies – a candle lighting in a synagogue here, a school presentation there; all traffic comes to a stop in Israel at 10 A.M. Speeches are delivered.Today we're taking a break from humor to honor the spirit of the day by sharing a video clip that we found of Itzhak Perlman (2003 Kennedy Center Honors honoree) playing a beautiful rendition of the theme from Schindler's List for John Williams, a Kennedy Center Honors recipient the following year.
Then there are programs like March of the Living, which sends thousands of Jewish teenagers to walk through concentration camps in what had been German-occupied Poland (they often leave out the ‘German-occupied’ part) with the goal of having them witness the horrible past – they stand in Birkenau on Holocaust Remembrance Day – then fly to Israel to witness the bright Jewish future.
Williams was picked by director Steven Spielberg to write the music and Perlman played the violin in the film.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO IS NOT VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)