Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

The State of Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) on Wednesday evening and Thursday throughout the day with ceremonies and events across the country, honoring the memory of six million Jews murdered by the Nazis.

A two-minute air-raid siren will sound Thursday at 10 am throughout Israel.

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The opening ceremony for Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day is underway at the Warsaw Ghetto Square in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.

The ceremony is held in the presence of the President of the State of Israel and the Prime Minister, dignitaries, survivors, children of survivors and their families, together with the general public.

During the ceremony, six Holocaust survivors lit six torches, in honor of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis.

On Tuesday evening, PM Netanyahu met the six torchbearers: Bela Eizenman, Shaul Lubovitz, Fanny Ben-Ami, Menachem Haberman, Sara Shapira, and Yehuda Mimon.

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“Your stories are stories of awful tragedy and supreme heroism. You met with cold, suffering and tribulations and you overcame them. You triumphed. We triumphed. I will never forget this. My wife’s family, her father’s entire family, was wiped out,” Netanyahu told them.

“On days when hatred and anti-Semitism run wild, it is important for humanity to come together and remember the lessons it has learned years ago,” Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer remarked at a National Day of Remembrance ceremony in Washington.

The United Nations in 2007 designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day to mark the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, the largest of the Nazi death camps.

Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day separately.