In the weeks leading up to Purim 2020, Evyatar Cohen built up his inventory at the Kos Shel Bracha Wine Shop, his Jerusalem liquor store. Then COVID-19 hit. Many Israelis canceled Purim celebrations and by Passover, Israel was under a strict nationwide lock down.
The quarantines accompanying the pandemic have compounded the crisis for survivors, many of whom were socially isolated already.
Holocaust Remembrance Day is an annual event in Israel. As in previous years, Yad Vashem held a moving ceremony honoring those who died in the Holocaust and those who survived through luck, a miracle and the help of neighbors and strangers.