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Museum Remembrance Events


Days of Remembrance Commemoration Ceremony 

Since 1982, the Museum has organized and led the national Days of Remembrance ceremony in the US Capitol with Holocaust survivors, liberators, members of Congress, White House officials, the diplomatic corps, and community leaders in attendance.

2022 Days of Remembrance Commemoration

To honor victims of the Holocaust, we keep their stories alive. During an April 26, 2022, observance we remember the six million Jews who were murdered and honor the survivors. The event features survivors telling their stories, and victims’ accounts presented through photographs and historical film footage from the Museum’s collection, with introductory reflections from Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.


2021 Days of Remembrance Commemoration

Last year’s virtual event took place on Thursday, April 8. The commemoration featured remarks from US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, who has spoken of the importance of Holocaust remembrance and the personal impact of his family’s experience.

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2020 Days of Remembrance Commemoration 

Every year, our nation comes together to remember the victims of the Holocaust, honor the survivors, and pay tribute to the liberators during annual Days of Remembrance. This digital event featured Holocaust survivors’ tributes to family members they lost, a stirring message from Benjamin Ferencz (the last living Nuremberg prosecutor), and timeless words from the late Elie Wiesel. The program closed with an opportunity for each one of us to make a personal pledge to safeguard the survivors’ legacy.

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Elie Wiesel Award and National Tribute Dinner

The Elie Wiesel Award recognizes internationally prominent individuals whose actions have advanced the Museum’s vision of a world where people confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. The Museum presents the award at the annual National Tribute Dinner in the spring in Washington, DC.

2020 National Tribute Gathering

The 30-minute gathering featured Museum Director Sara Bloomfield and Maziar Bahari, the 2020 Elie Wiesel Award recipient. An Iranian exile who was later imprisioned by the regime, Bahari has demonstrated exceptional courage in bringing the truth of the Holocaust to Iran and throughout the Middle East. He has been a powerful voice against antisemitism and a fierce advocate for securing the dignity and freedom of all people. The program closed with Holocaust survivors’ messages for the future.

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The UN General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides. Learn more.