b'WESTERN MARBLE ARCH SYNAGOGUEYOM HASHOAH GINA DREW-DAVIST heHebrewwordshoah,whichhasthe connotation of a whirlwind of destruction, was first used in 1940 to refer to the extermination of the Jews of Europe.Establishing a formal day to remember the victims of the Holocaust was almost a decade in the making. To give its full title, Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevurah, the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and the bravery began its journey into law in Israel in 1951 when the Knesset selected the 27th of the Jewish month of Nissan as a suitable day to reflect, mourn and remember. The date was not chosen randomly it is the anniversary of the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.In 1959 it was formally established by the State of Israel, it has today become a day commemorated by Jewish communities and individuals worldwide. Ive given my life to the principle and the ideal of memory, and remembrance Elie WieselAs a school girl I read Night by Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel zl. I could not comprehend the evil man could do to man. Thinking back, being a survivor of the Holocaust was not openly discussed in the 60s, there was still a sense of fear of opening a Pandoras Box, was it unlucky to say the H word out loud? I was young and was not aware in the way we are today that I had a family connection or that I might know a victim, a survivor. It was later that I discovered that I had a direct link. My mother zl shared with me our devastating family history, how only a few family members survived (my mother was instrumental in the saving of my great aunt and her children) and how many did not survive. The remainder of my mothers family and all of my fathers family had perished. That conversation marked the moment that Yom HaShoah had a profoundly personal meaning for me. A day to remember and honour not only the memory of my family but those six million beautiful souls who were murdered. 44'