Coronavirus forces first-ever online Holocaust Remembrance Day

Israel is set to mark on Monday night and Tuesday its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day. Movement and travel restrictions in place to contain the coronavirus have forced to move online all events and ceremonies.

This year, testimonials from survivors will be streamed online and featured in a pre-recorded ceremony to be broadcast in Israel by Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial center.

Holocaust survivors have been among the 173 fatalities of the virus in Israel.

Berthe Badehi, who hid from the Nazis as a child during World War II and is now confined in her home to evade the coronavirus said: “It’s not easy, but we do it to stay alive. One thing I learned during the war was how to take care of myself.”

The limitations on organizing events this year served as a reminder that in the not-too-distant future ceremonies with survivors will no longer be possible because the last of them will have passed away.

The Shoah Foundation has developed an augmented reality application to document the journey across Europe endured by many Holocaust survivors.
The foundation is partnering on the augmented reality project with The March of the Living, the prominent educational program that brings young people to the sites of concentration camps.