Israelis stopped in their tracks on Tuesday as a two-minute siren blasted throughout the nation in commemoration of the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
Israelis stood solemnly with their heads down, commemorating those ruthlessly murdered by Nazi Germany and its allies during World War II as cars and pedestrians stopped in the middle of the road.
Rituals and monuments are held at schools and community centers to commemorate the gloomy day. Restaurants and cafés close their doors, and Holocaust-related programming can be heard on TV and radio.
The Holocaust resulted in the slaughter of one-third of all Jews worldwide. Following the war, in 1948, Israel was founded, and tens of thousands of survivors emigrated to the Jewish state.
Six survivors, including one of the few surviving members of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, set torches to remember the 6 million slain at a ceremony Monday evening at the Yad Vashem Holocaust monument in Jerusalem.
After months of demonstrations over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposed judicial overhaul that has split the nation, Israel’s symbolic president appealed for togetherness.
Israel remembers: At 10:00AM the entire country came to a halt and held two minutes of silence for the 6,000,000 Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
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