WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Tillerson issued a statement on Monday to honor six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II.
"Today on Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising — we honor the six million Jews systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators," Tillerson stated.
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.
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.