US President Barack Obama paid tribute to victims of the Holocaust on Thursday, saying that "on this day, and all days, we must do more than remember.  We must resolve that “never again” is more than an empty slogan."

In a statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the US president said that "I join people of all faiths across the United States, in Israel and around the world in paying tribute to all who suffered in the Shoah—a horrific crime without parallel in human history."

Israeli commuters, workers, students and citizens of all stripes took two minutes from their lives to stand in silence on Holocaust Remembrance Day. At 10 a.m. a two-minute siren was sounded throughout the country to remember the six million Jews murdered at the hands of the Nazis in the Holocaust.

Speaking on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tied the Holocaust to the Iranian threat, saying that while it is the world’s duty to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear arms, it is first and foremost Israel’s obligation.

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