Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Israel: Sirens wail in memory of Holocaust Remembrance
Sirens sounded across Israel for two minutes Tuesday morning, as Israelis stood in solemn silence to remember the victims of the Nazi World War II genocide. As the sirens sounded at 10 am, traffic came to a total standstill. Drivers stood next to their cars and pedestrians stopped walking, many of them standing to attention or with their heads bowed.
Holocaust Memorial Day began Monday night with a ceremony at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Institute, attended by state leaders, foreign diplomats, and Holocaust survivors and their relatives.
Six survivors lit six beacons honouring the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis and their collaborators.