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Israel Bows In Memory Of 6 Million Annihilated In The Holocaust

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People stand still at the Machane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem, as a two-minute siren is sounded across Israel to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 8, 2021. Today marks the annual memorial day commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust during World War Two. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

JERUSALEM (JNS) – A two-minute siren wailed across Israel on Thursday, as the country stood still to commemorate the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

Holocaust Remembrance Day events got underway on Wednesday evening at a state ceremony at the national memorial, Yad Vashem, in Jerusalem.

Hundreds gathered on Thursday morning in front of the museum’s Warsaw Ghetto Uprising memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony. Among the attendees were Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin and Supreme Court President Esther Hayut.

Various events and ceremonies have been taking place on Thursday, with special programming in the broadcast media, including testimonies of survivors and documentaries retelling their ordeal.

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Israelis stand next to their cars as sirens mark a nationwide moment of silence in remembrance of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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Israelis stand next to their cars as sirens mark a nationwide moment of silence in remembrance of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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An Israeli stands as sirens mark a nationwide moment of silence in remembrance of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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People stand still as a two-minute siren sounds in memory of victims of the Holocaust, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, April 8, 2021. Holocaust remembrance day is one of the most solemn on Israel’s calendar with restaurants and places of entertainment shut down, and radio and TV programming focused on Holocaust documentaries and interviews with survivors. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Speaking at Wednesday’s event, Rivlin called on Israelis to embrace Holocaust survivors as they struggle with their old age and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Some 900 died because of the virus; they survived the death camp and the ghettos, the detention and the journey to Israel, but they waged their final battle behind masks, frightened,” Rivlin said. “They were thirsty for contact with others, and tonight our thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families.”

Speaking about his upcoming departure from office as his term ends, Rivlin vowed that he would not relinquish his duties to keep Holocaust survivors in mind.

“Despite my presidency coming to an end, I will never end my commitment as a human being, Jew and Israeli to remember you and to remind others about the Holocaust, and teach people the values you have instilled in all of us,” he said.

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