Reading the names of men, women, and children killed during the Holocaust is a symbolic yet very personal way of remembering these individuals. This video provides the background and guidance for why to hold a names reading ceremony as part of a Days of Remembrance commemoration. Members of the community may be invited to take turns reading aloud a few or all of the 5,000 names listed. Approximately 650 names can be read in an hour.
Please join us for a Names Reading Ceremony during the Museum’s National Days of Remembrance commemoration as we read aloud the names of Holocaust victims.
Sunday, May 1, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday, May 2 – Friday, May 6, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 7, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Reading times approximately five minutes per person.
Location: Hall of Remembrance on the Second Floor
Lists of victims’ names will be provided or you may bring your own.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your requested reading time(s) and include your name. Appointments will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information you can also call 202-479-9737.
If you are unable to join us in Washington, D.C. and want to help us remember victims of the Holocaust, please consider participating in a virtual names reading on Twitter and Facebook.
If you do not have someone specific who you wish to remember, but you want to participate by honoring a victim of the Holocaust, we invite you to post remembrances of the Holocaust victims whose stories are part of the Museum’s ID card project.