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Israel commemorates Holocaust victims

Press Trust of India  |  Jerusalem 

came to a standstill today as sirens wailed across the country to commemorate Holocaust in memory of the six million Jews killed by Nazi Germany during World War II.

Vehicles halted on streets and highways as Israelis stepped out and stood on the roads with heads bowed down.

Schools, public institutions and army bases will also organise a series of ceremonies to pay respects to the victims of with about 10,000 people expected to participate later in the day in the 'March of the Living' in led by Israeli

The - the - will hold its annual ceremony - 'Unto Every Person There is a Name - in which lawmakers recite names of victims of the Nazis for nearly two hours. A similar ceremony will also be held at the (Holocaust Museum) in

Defence Forces and the heads of spy agency and internal security agency will also participate in the March of the Living event in Poland, a three-kilometre march from the main Auschwitz concentration camp to the Birkenau extermination camp that housed the and crematoria where the victims were killed.

The Nazis murdered some 1.1 million people at the camp, mostly Jews, but also Russians, Gypsies, Poles and members of other nationalities.

is a solemn affair in with restaurants, stores and entertainment centres closed and Holocaust-themed movies and documentaries broadcast on TV and radio.

Most schools and many pre-schools hold official assemblies where students honour the dead and hear stories from survivors.

lashed out at at the official ceremony marking the start of last evening, warning not to "test Israel's resolve".

In a sharp criticism of the landmark nuclear accord reached between and world powers, Netanyahu said, "I have a message for the leaders of Iran: Don't test Israel's resolve".

Addressing the Iranian people, he said, "the regime is oppressing you and when this regime disappears off the face of the earth then our two peoples can live together once more in coexistence".

Urging the world community to learn from the Holocaust and not ignore the recent in Syria, the said such incidents if not tackled immediately spread fast and threaten humanity.

"We saw Syrian children that were slaughtered by One great lesson that has been with us since the Holocaust: Murderous evil that is not stood up against spreads rapidly and gradually, and threatens all of humanity".

"The leaders of the free world wanted to prevent war and led to the conquest of all of Europe," he said adding, "their unwillingness to pay the price to curb aggression early on, led to humanity paying the price".

Israel is in a state of high alert given Iran's threat to avenge an alleged Israeli attack on a Syrian base as well as any possible US strike against Bashar al-Assad's regime in retaliation to the at Douma.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 14:50 IST