The first Holocaust Remembrance Day took place on December 28th, 1949, on a day designated by Israel. Because Israel wanted the holiday on a particular day of the Jewish calendar (so many days to mourn, how to choose?) The problem with choosing a day on the Jewish calendar – the exact date could vary from year to year for those not observing the Jewish calendar, similar to how the date for the Christian Easter varies from year to year, based on its relation to the Jewish Passover.
On October 1, 2013 my husband and I had the honor of visiting the liceum (high school) in Wadowice where Pope John Paul II studied and graduated. Our wonderful guide Piotr (left) had made an appointment for us to meet with the Dyrektor of the school, so that I could see if there were records verifying whether Henry really did go to high school with the Pope or not.