Israel Observing Holocaust Remembrance Day

© AP Photo / Oded BaliltyThousands of Holocaust survivors in New York City live at or below the poverty line.
Thousands of Holocaust survivors in New York City live at or below the poverty line. - Sputnik International
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Israel observes Yom HaShoah on Monday, its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, to pay tribute to the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

TEL AVIV (Sputnik) — Air raid alarm had the country grind to a two-minute halt amid the early morning rush, stopping drivers and pedestrians alike, pausing school and university lessons and ceasing work and services, as the country remembered the Jews killed in Germany by the Nazi regime throughout World War II. Israelis traditionally mark the event by laying wreaths on Holocaust memorials, reading out the names of those killed, and watching war films and witness accounts.

© Sputnik / Valeriy Melnikov / Go to the photo bankThe former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Oswiecim, which was turned into a museum in 1947.
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The former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Oswiecim, which was turned into a museum in 1947.
© AP Photo / Sebastian Scheiner, PoolIsraelis stand as a siren is heard during a ceremony marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Israelis have stopped in their tracks, standing in silence as sirens pierced the air to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)
Israelis stand as a siren is heard during a ceremony marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem - Sputnik International
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Israelis stand as a siren is heard during a ceremony marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Israelis have stopped in their tracks, standing in silence as sirens pierced the air to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)
© AP Photo / Sebastian Scheiner, PoolIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lays a wreath during a ceremony marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Israelis have stopped in their tracks, standing in silence as sirens pierced the air to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lays a wreath during a ceremony marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem - Sputnik International
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lays a wreath during a ceremony marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Israelis have stopped in their tracks, standing in silence as sirens pierced the air to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)
© AP Photo / Sebastian Scheiner, PoolHolocaust survivors and their relatives lay a wreath next to the names of concentration camps during a ceremony marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Israelis have stopped in their tracks, standing in silence as sirens pierced the air to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)
Holocaust survivors and their relatives lay a wreath next to the names of concentration camps during a ceremony marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem - Sputnik International
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Holocaust survivors and their relatives lay a wreath next to the names of concentration camps during a ceremony marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Israelis have stopped in their tracks, standing in silence as sirens pierced the air to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)
© REUTERS / Baz RatnerVisitors stand in Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem April 14, 2015. Beginning Wednesday night, Israel marks its annual memorial day commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War Two. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Visitors stand in Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem April 14, 2015. Beginning Wednesday night, Israel marks its annual memorial day commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War Two. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
© AFP 2022 / GIL COHEN-MAGEN Holocaust survivors light six torches in memory of the victims during a ceremony marking the Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 15, 2015 at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. AFP PHOTO / GIL COHEN-MAGEN
Holocaust survivors light six torches in memory of the victims during a ceremony marking the Holocaust Remembrance Day - Sputnik International
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Holocaust survivors light six torches in memory of the victims during a ceremony marking the Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 15, 2015 at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. AFP PHOTO / GIL COHEN-MAGEN
© REUTERS / Baz RatnerMotorists stand still beside vehicles as a two-minute siren marking Holocaust Remembrance Day is sounded in Jerusalem April 16, 2015. Israel on Thursday marks its annual memorial day commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War Two. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Motorists stand still beside vehicles as a two-minute siren marking Holocaust Remembrance Day is sounded in Jerusalem - Sputnik International
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Motorists stand still beside vehicles as a two-minute siren marking Holocaust Remembrance Day is sounded in Jerusalem April 16, 2015. Israel on Thursday marks its annual memorial day commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War Two. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
© REUTERS / Ammar AwadA man holds Israel's national flag as he stands still during the sounding of a two-minute siren marking Holocaust Remembrance Day in Jerusalem April 16, 2015. Israel on Thursday marks its annual memorial day commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War Two. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
A man holds Israel's national flag as he stands still during the sounding of a two-minute siren marking Holocaust Remembrance Day in Jerusalem - Sputnik International
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A man holds Israel's national flag as he stands still during the sounding of a two-minute siren marking Holocaust Remembrance Day in Jerusalem April 16, 2015. Israel on Thursday marks its annual memorial day commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War Two. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
© AP Photo / Ariel SchalitIsraeli high school students look at a model of the Warsaw Ghetto at the museum "From Holocaust to Revival" during Holocaust Remembrance Day, in Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel, Thursday, April 16, 2015. 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/Ariel Schalit)
Israeli high school students look at a model of the Warsaw Ghetto at the museum From Holocaust to Revival during Holocaust Remembrance Day, in Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel - Sputnik International
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Israeli high school students look at a model of the Warsaw Ghetto at the museum "From Holocaust to Revival" during Holocaust Remembrance Day, in Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel, Thursday, April 16, 2015. 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/Ariel Schalit)
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The former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Oswiecim, which was turned into a museum in 1947.
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Israelis stand as a siren is heard during a ceremony marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Israelis have stopped in their tracks, standing in silence as sirens pierced the air to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lays a wreath during a ceremony marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Israelis have stopped in their tracks, standing in silence as sirens pierced the air to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)
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Holocaust survivors and their relatives lay a wreath next to the names of concentration camps during a ceremony marking the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, in Jerusalem, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Israelis have stopped in their tracks, standing in silence as sirens pierced the air to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)
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Visitors stand in Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem April 14, 2015. Beginning Wednesday night, Israel marks its annual memorial day commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War Two. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Holocaust survivors light six torches in memory of the victims during a ceremony marking the Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 15, 2015 at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. AFP PHOTO / GIL COHEN-MAGEN
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Motorists stand still beside vehicles as a two-minute siren marking Holocaust Remembrance Day is sounded in Jerusalem April 16, 2015. Israel on Thursday marks its annual memorial day commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War Two. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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A man holds Israel's national flag as he stands still during the sounding of a two-minute siren marking Holocaust Remembrance Day in Jerusalem April 16, 2015. Israel on Thursday marks its annual memorial day commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War Two. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Israeli high school students look at a model of the Warsaw Ghetto at the museum "From Holocaust to Revival" during Holocaust Remembrance Day, in Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, Israel, Thursday, April 16, 2015. 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/Ariel Schalit)

"The allies could have rescued four million Jews, two-thirds of the six million killed. The powers knew the truth but did nothing as the Nazis carried out one terrible crime after another against the Jews… Has hate disappeared? No, it didn't go anywhere… Maybe the world's indifference changed?" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, referring to recently declassified UN data, during a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust victim memorial in Jerusalem.

The prime minister went on to warn that the Jews were now ready to protect their state against any assault.

"Those who threaten Israel are placing themselves in danger… This is not an exaggeration, not a provocation, it is my statement. We must secure a future for ourselves and it is within our power to do this," he said.

The ceremony started with the lighting of six torches, each representing a million victims of Nazi crimes.

Israel's Holocaust Day does not coincide with January's UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day and is held on the commemoration date of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising's first day.

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