Israel Marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

Israelis across the nation paused in memory of the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust, as a siren sounded throughout Israel on Thursday.

The theme of this year’s commemoration is “My Brother’s Keeper - Jewish Solidarity during the Holocaust.”

The central ceremony commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day is scheduled to take place at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

This year, Yad Vashem is continuing its Gathering the Fragments national campaign, launched in 2011 to collect documents, diaries, photographs, artwork and other privately-held artifacts from the Holocaust era so they can be documented and preserved for future generations.

Holocaust Remembrance Day began Wednesday night at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, in the presence of President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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