National Commemoration of the Days of Remembrance

In 1980 the United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, affirming the nation’s commitment to never forget the atrocities of the Holocaust and to stand against hatred and intolerance in all its forms.

Robbie Solomon at US Capitol, April 16, 2015

Cantor Robbie Solomon was invited to sing in the United States Capitol Emancipation Hall in 2015. At the service, which coincided with the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps by the Allies, Cantor Solomon chanted the traditional mourner’s prayer, “El Malei Rachamim.” For this occasion the prayer included the words, “Auschwitz, Majdanek, Treiblinka, and the rest of the European death camps”. The haunting melody echoed through the grand space carrying the weight of millions of lives lost as the assembled members of Congress, the military, clergy, the Israeli ambassador, holocaust survivors and their families, remembered the victims.

Robbie Solomon and John Lewis at US Capitol, April 16, 2015

At this annual event, Robbie was honored to meet many dignitaries, including the late civil rights icon, Representative John Lewis.