Siren wails as Israel marks annual Holocaust Remembrance Day

Toni Houston
April 25, 2017

Visitors pray before their tour at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Sunday, April 23, 2017.

On Monday morning, the Israeli government will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Yad Vashem where names of Holocaust victims will be recited and a two-minute siren will be heard throughout Israel.

Pedestrians stood heads-bowed where they stopped and traffic pulled over on streets and major highways.

The annual memorial day is one of the most solemn days on Israel's calendar.

The Holocaust Immovable Property Restitution Study conducted research which claims several previously communist eastern European countries have not completely complied with a 2009 declaration on confiscated Jewish goods. TV and radio stations are broadcasting exclusively Holocaust-related content, such as documentaries, interviews with survivors and melancholic songs.

The Holocaust wiped out a third of world Jewry.

"At Auschwitz this year, participants in the March of the Living will walk in silence as a testament to the resilience of the survivors of the Holocaust". The Israeli flag flew at half-staff.

"The mind can not fathom the pain, the horror, and the loss", he continued.

Yom HaShoah honors the memory of the more than six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. "They were murdered by an evil that words can not describe, and that the human heart can not bear", he said.

The Terezin Declaration said no state should benefit from heirless property and special funds should instead be allocated to needy Holocaust survivors, but the study found property that became heirless as a result of the Holocaust often reverted to the state and has not been returned.

Trump's proclamation also commemorated the USA and Allied forces' liberation of Nazi concentration camps.

He said Israel needs to be treated like any other United Nations member state. These were usually connected to increased anti-Israel activities by pro-Palestinian groups on campus, said Dina Porat, a historian who leads the team of researchers behind the report. "You remember when it then came out that Jews tried to include Jews in the Holocaust Day message and the White House blocked it and said they didn't want Jews to be mentioned?"

The exhibit uses artifacts, photographs and personal stories, including those of local survivors Bella Ouziel and Werner Coppel, to tell the history of the Holocaust from various perspectives: victim, collaborator, bystander and perpetrator.

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