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Remembering the Holocaust Victims

For two minutes today Israelis stopped to remember the holocaust. With the potential nuclear threat from Iran, this year's Holocaust Remembrance Day took on deeper meaning.



JERUSALEM, Israel - Beginning Sunday evening and continuing throughout Monday, Israelis and Jews around the world will take a look back at one of the most horrific periods in the history of modern man, a time in which man's inhumanity to man took on new meaning. After more than a generation since the defeat of Germany's Third Reich, much of the world's population may have forgotten about the genocide of six million Jews. But as difficult as it is to look back at this time in history, people who recognized the importance of documenting the atrocities have sought to ensure that the Nazi regime will never be forgotten. Many believe the modern State of Israel was birthed from the ashes of the Holocaust's crematoriums. Here, the survivors came to start a new life, marry, and raise families. Many of their sons and daughters have served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) against some who hardly believe the genocide happened and others who say it's too bad the Nazis didn't finish what they started. Results of a survey funded by the Anti-Defamation League revealed that 37 percent of Israeli youth believe another holocaust could happen. These youngsters are well aware of the meteoric rise of anti-Semitism throughout the world. The Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism and Racism released a report Sunday revealing that anti-Semitic incidents worldwide, which increased by 15 percent in 2004, rose 31 percent in 2006. Sunday evening, Israeli television broadcast the opening ceremonies marking Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). Monday morning at 10:00, a siren will sound throughout the country and people will stop what they're doing to stand in silent tribute to the millions who were murdered. Following a wreath-laying ceremony today at Yad VaShem's memorial to the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, the names of those who perished will be read at the Holocaust memorial and at the Knesset.


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