World War II

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The atrocities of the Holocaust are the focus of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in late January, but the observation of Yom HaShoah in late April is a date on the Jewish calendar set aside specifically to remember the nearly 6 million Jewish victims of the Nazis and their collaborators. 

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Amnon Weinstein grew up in Tel Aviv surrounded by ghosts. His parents, Jews from Eastern Europe who moved to what in 1938 was known as Palestine, rarely spoke of the 400 family members killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. In the 2014 book "Violins of Hope" by James A. Grymes, Weinstein recalls growing up in a household whose grief kept them from speaking about those lost family members; a home haunted by the tears of refugees crying themselves to sleep in the Weinstein's guestroom.