Yom HaShoah—Holocaust Remembrance Day—falls on April 18, and Israel Independence Day is April 26. Where does one begin from among the vast resources available? Certainly these are among the top online contenders:

For Yom HaShoah:

Yad Vashem, located in Jerusalem, is perhaps the most famous memorial/educational institution concerned with the Holocaust, and includes information on non-Jews who risked their own lives helping to save Jews during the Holocaust.
http://www.yadvashem.org

Similarly, you might check the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:
http://www.ushmm.org/

Remember.org, which calls itself a “cybrary” of the Holocaust, also has a great deal of material:
http://www.remember.org/
The front page is rather busy, but among the gems you will find here is an “Art and Media” section and a series of then-and-now photographs of Holocaust sites in the section “The Camps: Photos by Alan Jacobs.”

Many will know of Steven Spielberg’s “Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation,” at:
http://www.vhf.org/
The foundation has aimed to collect the oral histories of thousands of Holocaust survivors, and among them is the story of Fred Wertheim, who is featured on our own “Survivor Stories” video, and who came to faith through the Jews for Jesus ministry.

There is a site about Anne Frank, the young girl whose diary of her experiences while hiding from the Nazis has become world-famous:
http://www.annefrank.nl/ned/default2.html
(The site comes up in Dutch; most reading this will want to click on “English” to continue). A superb CD-ROM is also available on this site, as well as tasteful e-cards that can be sent.

We would be remiss not to mention the “Holocaust denial” movement, which seeks to discredit testimonies of survivors and denies that the Holocaust occurred. A basic fact sheet is available through the Jewish Virtual Library:
http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Holocaust/denial.html

For solid material refuting Holocaust denial, see The Nizkor Project at:
http://www.nizkor.org/

A vast number of other resources are available in Yahoo’s Holocaust category:
http://dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/History/By_Time_Period/20th_Century/Holocaust__The/
We encourage our readers to explore this page for timelines, chronologies, Holocaust literature, and much more.

For Israel Independence Day (Yom HaAtzma’ut), unfortunately, it seemed that several sites we visited had not been updated for one or more years. We found a good resource at the Jewish Zionist Education’s page here:
http://www.jafi.org.il/education/FESTIVLS/zkatz/atz/ats.html
Among the more interesting items on this page is a section devoted to the Israeli national anthem “Hatikvah,” including links to hearing the song online.

From the World Zionist organization comes a page devoted to Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron (commemorating Israelis slain in war), and Yom HaAtzma’ut, all considered together.
http://www.wzo.org.il/en/resources/view.asp?id=182

Do not be surprised if viewpoints among these sites vary. Orthodox Jews may view Israel as a divinely ordained return to the Land, whereas secular Jews (the majority in Israel today) may view Israel only as a country where Jews may live freely. Some ultra-Orthodox Jews even believe the current state of Israel has no validity until the Messiah comes.

Our own links for these two holidays are:
http://special.jewsforjesus.org/shoah_2004/
http://special.jewsforjesus.org/israelindependence/

PLEASE NOTE: we do not necessarily endorse all the content you will see on these or previous sites we mention, but if you read them judiciously, we hope you will find them both interesting and helpful for learning.