Israel remembers Holocaust victims with siren, ceremonies (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Yair Altman, Shahar Chai Latest Update: 04.19.12, 12:42)
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Two-minute siren sounds at 10 am in memory of six million Jews who
perished in Holocaust; traditional memorial services held across
A two-minute siren sounded across the country at 10 am Thursday in
memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
The siren kicked off memorial services nationwide, including a wreath-
laying ceremony at Jerusalem´s Yad Vashem Museum. Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and IDF Chief of Staff
Lieutenant General Benny Gantz were among the officials to lay
wreaths in memory of the Nazis´ victims.
Holocaust survivors lit memorial candles during a subsequent service
held at the Knesset, under the title "Unto Every Person There is a
During the service, Peres recounted the manner in which the Nazis
dragged the Jews at the Polish village where his family resided into
a wooden synagogue: "The gates were locked and they were burned
alive. According to one testimony, a woman who remained called on the
Jews to run. But they were all shot. No one survived."
Peres´ told the attendees about the family he had lost in the
Holocaust, and recalled the last words his grandfather told
him: "Wherever you go, stay Jewish, no matter what misfortune
Netanyahu said during the Knesset service that this is the first time
attends the ceremony without his father-in-law, Shmuel Ben-Artzi, who
passed away last November. "He would listen to the names carefully,"
Netanyahu said. "He believed it was a way to commemorate the souls
that were lost."
The March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau is set to take
place in the afternoon.
A 67-year-old woman was hit by a car in Beersheba when she stepped
out of her own vehicle to observe the 10 am moment silence in memory
of the Holocaust victims.
Firefighters rescued the woman, who was trapped under the offending
car. She sustained serious injuries and was taken to Soroka Medical
In another incident, a 41-year-old woman suffered moderate wounds
when she was hit by a car while observing the moment of silence on
Route 44 near Mikveh Israel.
´Iran is an existential threat´
Speaking at a state ceremony held for Holocaust Remembrance Day at
the Warsaw Ghetto Square at Yad Vashem on Wednesday evening,
Netanyahu said that those who dismiss the Iranian threat as a whim or
an exaggeration "have learnt nothing from the Holocaust."
"A nuclear Iran is an existential threat on the State of Israel and
also on the rest of the world," he said. "We have an obligation to
prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. It´s the world´s
obligation, but above all it is our obligation."
Peres also spoke at the ceremony. "The Nazi dictator´s crematoriums
created a global disaster and a Holocaust for my people," he said.
"Holocaust deniers are denying the actions of their predecessors to
cover up for their own actions. The lie of denial will not extinguish
the fire of the inferno."
Gantz, who attended Wednesday´s sevice as well, said: "Tonight, 70
years later, standing in the land of Israel I look before me and see
the embodiment of the strength of the Jewish nation."
Gantz said that the IDF draws it strength from the determination of
Holocaust survivors and that never again shall the Jewish people
"We are the arm of steel that will respond to any attempt to hurt us
with a harsh blow. We are the people´s wall of protection," he said.
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