Israel remembers the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust
This morning, a siren sounded across Israel and the country stood still for two minutes to honor the memory of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
Sirens rang out nationwide during the commemoration, while pedestrians and drivers in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and elsewhere stood on roadsides and in the middle of streets in silence.
At the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem, President Rivlin, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and dignitaries participated in a wreath-laying ceremony.
The national day began Wednesday evening with the opening ceremony for Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day at the Warsaw Ghetto Square in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem.
“We are living nowadays in a paradox,” Netanyahu said.
“The worldwide admiration for the Jewish state is accompanied within certain circles by a growing hatred towards Jews. The radical right, the radical left, and radical Islam all agree on one thing only: hatred towards Jews.”
He also pointedly referred to Saturday’s attack in which a neo-Nazi shooter burst into Chabad of Poway on the last day of Passover and opened fire as about 100 people were worshipping inside, murdering Lori Gilbert Kaye and injuring three others.
During the ceremony, six Holocaust survivors lit six torches, in honor of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis.
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.