Holocaust Remembrance Day was honored Monday morning with a siren marking a moment of silence throughout Israel at 10 am.
As on every year, flower wreaths were laid at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. The Knesset held its annual ceremony of the reading out of victims’ names.
President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both read out the names of their family members who died in the Holocaust.
“In memory of my family members who were slaughtered together with 2,060 members of their community, Vishneva, in August 1942, by the Nazis and their local allies who amassed the Jews in the wooden synagogue and burned them alive,” Peres said.
“In 1933 my father-in-law, Shmuel Ben-Artzi, at age 18, left his home town in Poland for Warsaw, and from there to Israel,” Netanyahu said. Read more