Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day in Israel

When Yom HaShoah begins, the sound of the siren stops all traffic, and people throughout the State of Israel observe two minutes of silent respect—everything and everyone coming to a halt. This signifies the beginning of Yom HaShoah, a twenty-four-hour period ending this evening in respectful remembrance of the six million Jews tragically killed in the Holocaust and the heroism of those who resisted.

Most public venues in Israel—theaters, restaurants, pubs—are closed today, while radio and TV programs reflect on the history surrounding of the Jewish Holocaust. In 1984, Elie Wiesel and Rabbi Albert Friedlander released a work called the Six Days of Destruction, offering six reflections on the tragedy of the Holocaust alongside passages from Genesis of the description of the six days of creation.

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