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Israel Remembers Victims of Nazi Holocaust

Israelis stand still beside their cars on highway as two-minute siren sounds in memory of Holocaust victims, Jerusalem, April 19, 2012.
Israelis stand still beside their cars on highway as two-minute siren sounds in memory of Holocaust victims, Jerusalem, April 19, 2012.

Sirens wailed across Israel Thursday, as the country paid tribute to the six million Jewish people who perished in the Nazi Holocaust some 70 years ago.

For two minutes, pedestrians and traffic came to a standstill, and motorists stood next to their vehicles with heads bowed on one of the most solemn days on Israel's calendar.

In Poland, about 10,000 young people gathered for the "March of the Living" at Auschwitz, the most notorious of the German concentration camps. Those people were joined by some Holocaust survivors and U.S. military veterans who helped liberate the camps at the end of World War II.

Official events began late Wednesday with a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.

At the ceremony, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu linked the Nazi Holocaust to Iran's suspected efforts to build nuclear weapons. He said those who dismiss what he called the "Iranian threat" have learned nothing from the Holocaust.

Israel sees a nuclear-armed Iran as an existential threat and has been alarmed by statements by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to wipe the Jewish state "off the map."

Israel has threatened to take military action against Iran on its own if the international community fails to act.

Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

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by: Gab to Yasin of Indonesia, tell it the Germans
April 21, 2012 5:54 PM
A few years ago, the German Government released 50 million documents on the fate of 17 million victims, to include both the concentration camps and forced labor camps.

by: Gab to Yasin of Indonesia, tell it the United Nations
April 21, 2012 5:49 PM
The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights was developed as a direct result of the Holocaust. Remember that a Jewish Brigade of Palestinian Jews fought along side the British against the Nazis. Also a reminder that after the Holocaust, Jews went on around the world to gain respect through their accomplishments and achievements, without blowing-up a single restaurant, crowded market place, or public transportation as indiscriminate acts of revenge.

by: Joshua
April 21, 2012 5:04 AM
i can't believe people still believe the story of 6 million jews dying ? Many facts and videos exist refuting that...namely the BIBLE. Funny how these people claim to be jews, when no prophecy in the bible speaks of any "state" of israel. Plus these are liars because there are 11 other tribes of Israel. What happened to them? even christ spoke about these pretenders...Rev 2:9......enjoy your coffee

by: Yasin
April 19, 2012 8:05 PM
well I never recognised it. Israeli has lied us holocaust never happened if that happened it might be a few victims. that's propaganda of Israeli strategy so that We wanted to feel and to give a good appreciation. you would make mistake that you truly believed it

by: Joe Green
April 19, 2012 12:07 PM
The ancient Jewish prophet Zechariah foretold of a time in the future, the time of Jacob's trouble, Zechariah 30:7 when two out of every three Jews will be slaughtered, Zechariah 13:8. This future Holocaust will be so bad that God will dispatch Michael the Archangel to protect the Jewish people from total annihilation, Daniel 12:1.

Marking the slaughter of six million Jews is a reminder of the past, but it must be a warning for the future.

by: bimbo ishola
April 19, 2012 11:21 AM
it is most unfortunate that iranian president could threaten to wipe israel off the map,a venture the whole arab nations failed to accomplish in 1967.

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