Knesset Holds “Every Person Has a Name” Ceremony on Holocaust Remembrance Day


Lawmakers and government officials read names of Jews who perished in the Holocaust at the Knesset’s annual “Every Person Has a Name” ceremony for Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday. The ceremony was instituted in 1989 by then-Knesset speaker Dov Shilansky, a Holocaust survivor.

Social Equality Minister Gila Gamliel and her daughters lit a candle in her mother’s name, and in memory of her relatives killed in the Jado concentration camp in Libya. Others who lit candles were Holocaust survivors Fruma Galant, mother of Construction Minister Yoav Galant, and Svetlana Sorokin, mother of MK Ksenia Svetlova. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein began the name-reading by reading the names of children who died in the Sharogorod Ghetto in Transnistria, where his grandparents and mother survived the Holocaust.

Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, whose father, former chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, survived Buchenwald, also read the names of his grandparents and their family members who were killed. U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro read names of U.S. Embassy staff members’ relatives who died in the Holocaust.