Holocaust Remembrance Day: Siren sounds, Israel comes to a standstill

Israelis across the country paused for two minutes on Thursday morning in order to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

  Civilians stand as the siren sounded on Holocaust Remembrance Day to commemorate those who perished, April 28, 2022.  (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Civilians stand as the siren sounded on Holocaust Remembrance Day to commemorate those who perished, April 28, 2022.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

A two-minute siren sounded on Thursday morning as all of Israel came to a standstill as the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust were remembered. 

Cars came to a stop at 10:00 a.m. honoring the Holocaust Remembrance Day siren. (CREDIT: LAHAV HARKOV)

  Israelis stand still as the siren to commemorate Holocaust victims sounds throughout Israel on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 28, 2022.  (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV) Israelis stand still as the siren to commemorate Holocaust victims sounds throughout Israel on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 28, 2022. (credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)
  Civilians stand as the siren sounded on Holocaust Remembrance Day to commemorate those who perished, April 28, 2022.  (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST) Civilians stand as the siren sounded on Holocaust Remembrance Day to commemorate those who perished, April 28, 2022. (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

The official wreath-laying ceremony began at Yad Vashem immediately after the siren ended.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog lays a wreath at the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Yad Vashem, on April 28, 2022.  (credit: AMOS BEN GERSHOM/GPO)Israeli President Isaac Herzog lays a wreath at the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Yad Vashem, on April 28, 2022. (credit: AMOS BEN GERSHOM/GPO)
 Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett lays a wreath at the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Yad Vashem, on April 28, 2022. (credit: AMOS BEN GERSHOM/GPO) Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett lays a wreath at the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Yad Vashem, on April 28, 2022. (credit: AMOS BEN GERSHOM/GPO)
German Bundestag president Bärbel Bas lays a wreath at the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Yad Vashem, on April 28, 2022. (credit: OREN BEN HAKUN)German Bundestag president Bärbel Bas lays a wreath at the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Yad Vashem, on April 28, 2022. (credit: OREN BEN HAKUN)

The focus then shifted to the Knesset for the ceremony called "Every Person Has a Name," where state leaders, ministers and Knesset members read out the names of their family members who perished in the Holocaust. 

High Court of Justice chief Esther Hayut lights a candle at the Knesset on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 28, 2022. (credit: NOAM MOSCOWITZ/KNESSET SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)High Court of Justice chief Esther Hayut lights a candle at the Knesset on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 28, 2022. (credit: NOAM MOSCOWITZ/KNESSET SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)
MK Sharren Haskel (New Hope)  lights a candle with her father Amir at the Knesset on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 28, 2022. (credit: NOAM MOSCOWITZ/KNESSET SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)MK Sharren Haskel (New Hope) lights a candle with her father Amir at the Knesset on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 28, 2022. (credit: NOAM MOSCOWITZ/KNESSET SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)
The annual ceremony, ''Each Person Has a Name,'' is held at the Knesset on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 28, 2022. (credit: NOAM MOSCOWITZ/KNESSET SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)The annual ceremony, ''Each Person Has a Name,'' is held at the Knesset on Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 28, 2022. (credit: NOAM MOSCOWITZ/KNESSET SPOKESMAN'S OFFICE)