The 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust will be honored at
ceremonies held across the country on Sunday evening, the start of Holocaust and
Heroism Remembrance Day.
President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz and other dignitaries
will attend the official state ceremony at Yad Vashem.
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This year, the
central theme of the ceremony will be Fragments of Memory: The Faces Behind the
Documents, Artifacts and Photographs, a campaign launched by the Holocaust
museum aimed at collecting and preserving documents so that future generations
may learn about the genocide of the Jewish people by the Nazis from first-hand
During the ceremony, six Holocaust survivors will light torches
in memory of those who suffered under Nazi persecution before and during World
Yona Fuchs, whose nickname is Janek, will be among the honorees
at the event. In 1942 he escaped from a concentration camp and found work as a
translator for a German company in Kiev. In that capacity he managed to save
over a dozen Jews by recruiting them as workers for his employers.
he evaded arrest by posing as a German soldier. He arrived in British-controlled
Palestine in 1944, fought in the War of Independence and settled in Haifa. He
has 14 grandchildren.
On Monday morning at 10 a.m., sirens will wail
throughout the country as people observe a moment of silence in memory of the
victims of the Nazi persecution.
The closing ceremony of Holocaust and
Heroism Remembrance Day will take place at Yad Mordechai, the kibbutz adjacent
to Gaza named after Mordechai Anielewicz, the leader of the Warsaw Ghetto
uprising who was killed in the fighting.
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