Peres Wreath Ceremony 311.
(photo credit: Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)
wailed throughout the country at 10 a.m. on Monday as people observed a
moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Nazi persecution on
Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day.
following the siren, the wreath laying ceremony at Yad Vashem in
Jerusalem took place, attended by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and
IDF Chief of General Staff Benny Gantz.
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ceremony was followed by the "Unto every person there is a name"
ceremony at the Knesset in which the names of Holocaust victims were
Knesset chairman Reuven Rivlin, Peres and Netanyahu spoke at
the event, recounting the final moments of their family members in the
Gantz also visited Holocaust survivors, saying "Each Jew should see himself as if he or she survived the Holocaust."
of Israelis took part in the moment of silence, including many drivers
who stopped their cars, a familiar scene on memorial days in Israel.
On Sunday evening, Netanyahu said
at the official state ceremony held at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem that the
world has not learned the lessons of the Holocaust but Israel has. The
prime minister said the Jewish state was capable of defending itself
against any potential threat.
This year, the central theme of the
ceremony was 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
The closing ceremony of the 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.
Gil Shefler contributed to this report.