A siren signals two minutes of silence across Israel Monday on the day of remembrance for the six million Jewish victims of the Nazi Holocaust. A wreath-laying ceremony takes place at the Warsaw Ghetto Square in Yad Vashem, followed by the reading of names of Holocaust victims. In Paris, ministers and leaders of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities read out the names of victims murdered by the Nazis in France. This year, 12,000 people join the March of the Living between the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau,
The Yad Vashem Memorial Foundation reports one million visitors to its Facebook page in Arabic which narrates and documents the annals of the Holocaust.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in his address to a solemn ceremony at Yad Vashem Sunday night called on the world to heed Iran’s drive for a nuclear bomb amid its leaders’ denial of the Holocaust and declared intention to destroy Israel.
He denounced as hypocritical and self-serving the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ comment that the Holocaust was the most heinous crime in history, just hours after he signed a pact with Hamas, an organization dedicated to destroying the state of Israel.
President Shimon Peres said that a strong Israel is the bulwark against another holocaust and the rising tide of anti-Semitism.
The theme this year is “Jews On the Edge 1944: Between Annihilation and Liberation, commemorating the continuing mass transfer of Jews to the death camps and the beginning of heroic rescue operations.