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Israel Observes Holocaust Remembrance Day

An Israeli woman officer looks at a model of the headquarters bunker of the Jewish Combat Organization (ZOB) Mila 18 in the Warsaw Ghetto at the museum "From Holocaust to Revival" in Kibbutz Yad Mordechai near the coastal town of Ashkelon, Israel, Sunday,
Israel came to a standstill Monday morning as the nation took time to remember the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust during World War II.

Sirens sounded for two minutes across the nation, stopping traffic and pedestrians. Many people stepped out of their vehicles and stood in silence. Pedestrians stopped walking and stood still in contemplation.

Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day is one of the most solemn days of the Israeli calendar.

Ceremonies are held around the country.

The names of those who perished in the Holocaust will be read out at parliament.