Israel Mourns the 6 Million


holocaust-smallIsrael came to a standstill for two mournful minutes on today as air-raid sirens pierced the air in memory of the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust.
Cars came to a halt and people froze in their tracks, many with heads bowed, in memory of the victims. The siren was followed by an official wreath-laying ceremony at Yad Vashem as well as a Knesset ceremony during which lawmakers read out the names of family members who perished in the Holocaust. Meanwhile, in Tel Aviv, a malfunction caused the siren to last for an additional four minutes.

In deference to the solemnity of the day, restaurants, bars and places of entertainment remained closed across the country.

At 5.30 p.m., a youth movement memorial ceremony, attended by Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, will be held at Yad Vashem.

At the opening Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Yad Vashem last night, President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu vowed that there would not be a second Holocaust, their pledges ringing in the shadow of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s vicious anti-Israel speech at the UN conference against racism in Geneva.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at Yad Vashem.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at Yad Vashem.

In his speech, Peres said that the appearance at the conference of Ahmadinejad, who has denied the Holocaust and has repeatedly called for Israel’s annihilation, was “a deplorable disgrace,” and that Israel was the one state that would prevent another Holocaust.

Netanyahu also mentioned the Geneva conference and criticized Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz, who met with Ahmadinejad on Sunday.

“We will not let the Holocaust deniers perpetrate another holocaust on the Jewish people,” he added. “This is the highest responsibility of the State of Israel and of myself as prime minister.”

{JPost Report/Yair Israel}


  1. lets just keep it in perspective. All of our Gedolim said that the day of mourning for all of Klal Yisroels tzoras is on Tisha Bav. They all said that there is no need for a day to remember the Holocaust.

  2. perspective – they mourn in EY on tisha bav too.
    Perspective – would you rather there was no holocaust remeberance day at all?
    Perspective – we’re in galus, even in nissan.
    Perspective – would you rather this or the neturei karta mamzerim?

  3. R’ Yitzchok Hutner- a far cry from neturei karta- says (pachad yitzchok igress letter 82) says that there is a movment to seculerize somthing that is ever so full of kedusha- the holocaust. (he says the word ‘shoah’ is such an example) We do not have the power to be kovah anything that was reserved fro chazal. he goes on to say that the only way to commerate the kedoshim is by learning Torah… its a beautiful letter (in Yiddish) its a must read.

  4. Rav Tzvi Yehudah Kook zt”l said you are mechuyav to remember the kedoshim every day of the year. This day in Nissan is one of the 365 days to remember them.