Public reading of the names of Holocaust victims - Yom HaShoah

The „Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day“, in Hebrew „Yom Hazikaron laShoah ve-LaG‘vurah“ (יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה ) is one of the days of commemoration for the victims of the Holocaust. Initially, it was suggested to hold it on the anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw ghetto uprising (14th Nisan/19th of April, 1943), but since this date is very close to Pesach, it was decided to hold it on the 27th Nisan instead. In Israel, this day is a state holiday.

In the Czech Republic Yom HaShoah only gained importance after 1989. At first, commemorative ceremonies were set up for the members of the Jewish community. Those commemorations are held to this very day in Terezín and at Pinkas synagogue in Prague.

In 2006, the Union of Czech Jewish Youth (Česká unie židovské mládeže) started a public ceremony in Prague. Everyone can participate and read out the names of those, who fell victim to racist persecution during WWII. Year by year, more cities from the Czech Republic participate in this form of public commemoration.


Note: Hyperlinks will lead to parts of our website, which may not yet have been translated to English. The pictures and videos you will find there, though, might give you an impression of the commemoration.


Yom HaShoah 2019

In 2019, Yom HaShoah will take place in 21 cities in Czech Republic on May, 2nd. For the first time, there will be a public reading held in Karlovy Vary, Mikulov, Nýrsko Prostějov and Teplice. 



Yom HaShoah 2018

Held on April 12th, 2018 in 16 Czech cities: Prague, Brno, Olomouc, Liberec, Sušice, Kolín, Kutná Hora, Plzeň, Havlíčkův Brod, Ústí nad Labem, Klatovy, for the first time in Horažďovice, Lipník nad Bečvou, Mělník, Sedlčany (together with Kosova Hora, participating since 2017) and Ústí nad Orlicí.



Yom HaShoah 2017

Held on April 24th, 2017 in 13 Czech cities: Prague, Brno, Olomouc, Liberec, Sučice, Kolín, Kutná Hora, Plzeň, Havlíčkův Brod, Blatná and, for the first time, in Ústí nad Labem, Kosova Hora and Klatovy.



JOM HA SOA 2016 logo

Yom HaShoah 2016

Public readings of the names of victims of the Holocaust took place on May 5th, 2016, in 11 Czech cities: Prague, Blatná, Brno, Havlíčkův Brod, Kolín, Kutná Hora, Liberec, Liteň u Berouna, Olomouc, Plzeň and Sušice.



JHS 2015 poster

Yom HaShoah 2015

On April 16th, 2016, Yom HaShoah took place for the tenth time in Prague, for the second time in Brno, Kolín, Kutná Hora, Liberec, Olomouc and Sušice.




Yom HaShoah 2014

On April 28th, 2014, Yom HaShoah took place for the ninth time in Prague. For the first time, public readings were held also in Brno, Kutná Hora, Liberec, Olomouc and Sušice.




Yom HaShoah 2013

On April 8th, 2013, the 8th public commemoration of victims of the Holocaust took place on náměstí Míru in Prague.





Yom HaShoah 2012

On April 18th, 2012, on náměstí Míru in Prague the names of victims of the Holocaust were read out in public for the 7th time.





Yom HaShoah 2011

The sixth time of public commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust on náměstí Míru in Prague  took place on May 2nd, 2011.





Yom HaShoah 2010

April 11th, 2010 on náměstí Míru in Prague.






Yom HaShoah 2009

April 21st, 2009 on náměstí Míru in Prague.




Yom HaShoah 2008

April 30th, 2008 on náměstí Míru in Prague.






Yom HaShoah 2007

April 15th, 2007 on náměstí Míru in Prague.





Plakát Jom ha-šoa 2012

Yom HaShoah 2006

April 25th, 2006 on náměstí Míru in Prague.


12. 4. 2024

It includes an invitation to Yom HaShoah in Prague and other cities in the Czech Republic, an article on the 30th anniversary of ITI and information about our many activities:

  1. Commemoration at Auschwitz-Birkenau

  2. The MemoMap exhibition: History of the Holocaust in Prague

  3. International cooperation
  1. Anne Frank Youth Network
  2. MemoGIS Workshop
  3. Austrian Traces in Terezín
9. 4. 2024

This year's 19th annual public reading of the names of Holocaust victims, "Yom HaShoah", will take place on 6 May 2024. The names of victims of Nazi persecution will be read in 31 cities across the Czech Republic, commemorating the fate of those who were murdered during the Second World War.

22. 3. 2024

About a month ago, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Terezín Initiative Institute at the invitation of Austrian Ambassador Bettina Kirnbauer. Till Janzer from Radio Prague International also reported on the event. You can read or listen to the article under the following link (only in German).

21. 3. 2024

We would like to invite you to an educational workshop called "Art Against Death", which we are organizing. This workshop will take place on April 13, 2024 from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm in Prague.

15. 3. 2024

The latest Anne Frank Youth Network action project is complete!

9. 3. 2024
On Friday, 8 March, we held a commemorative act in the BIIb section of the former concentration and extermination camp at Auschwitz II-Birkenau, where the so-called Terezín Family Camp was located, to honor the memory of the people who were murdered on the night of 8 to 9 March 1944. In addition to the director of the Terezín Initiative Institute, Tomáš Kraus, the event was attended by the director of the Terezín Memorial, Jan Roubínek, the director of Beit Terezín (Israel), Tami Kinberg, the chairwoman of the board of the Terezín Initiative Institute, Michaela Rozov, and on behalf of the Jewish Museum in Prague, Jana Šplíchalová.
We would also like to thank the Auschwitz Memorial for its patronage and, last but not least, all the participants for joining us in honouring their memory.
7. 3. 2024

In September 1943, five thousand Jews from the so-called Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia were transported from the Terezín concentration camp to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in two transports for reasons that have not yet been made clear.