Zikaron BaSalon is a social initiative which takes place on the Israeli Holocaust Memorial Day and on various other dates around the world. Literally meaning “remembrance in the living room” in Hebrew, the idea was born from the understanding that the connection between today's society and the memories of the Holocaust, has significantly deteriorated.
This year, when all the formal Holocaust ceremonies are canceled, Zikaron BaSalon offers a unique and authentic way to keep the tradition and the memory alive. We feel that we must keep the tradition of joint memory and learning from the past for our present and future - more than ever before.
This year, our most important commitment is to protect the safety of the Holocaust survivors, as they are the most vulnerable, thus, Zikaron BaSalon is going to proceed without live testimonials from our survivors. Additionally, we are working to ensure that we keep Zikaron BaSalon running and following all the restrictions necessary, which means that we’re going to host Zikaron BaSalon digitally.
Though the structure of the evening is not going to change, the format will. We will be using Zoom as our main platform and host our evening there.
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"I was at an event that included a talk with one of the twin siblings which the Nazi Josef Mengele experimented on in Auschwitz. The talk was followed by a few songs and a very lively discussion of the phenomenon of “Holocaust Humor"
"Like on Rosh HaShana and Passover, I feel connected to the Jewish People and our common history. Knowing that so many people are sitting, like me, in my living room, is a powerful feeling"
"A growing number of Israelis have been foregoing the public Holocaust eve ceremony on television or in the town square, and sitting in someone’s living room hearing survivors’ stories in a small, intimate group."
"We sat in the living room and heard a survivor relate her story. Someone brought out a guitar and sang. I spoke about my father [former Justice Minister Tommy Lapid], about how the Shoah defined him... and me"
"The traditional way of commemorating by either going to an official ceremony or watching one on TV is too passive. People are looking for a way to commemorate in a more active way."
"As a Third Generation of survivor, it is important for me to share my grandmother's story so that her memory will live on forever. Zikaron BaSalon enables me to fulfill this life mission."