Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

A man prays next to a wagon from WWII on display on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day in Netanya, Israel, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The wagon München 12 246 was built in Germany in the early 20th century to transport cattle. During World War II thousands of people were transported in it to the death camps. The wagon was bought in Germany and transported to Israel in 2014. | AP Photo

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis have come to a mournful, two-minute standstill as sirens pierced the air in remembrance of the 6 million Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.

Israel’s annual Holocaust memorial day, marked Thursday, is one of the most solemn on the nation’s calendar.

As the siren sounded, cars and buses pulled over on the side of highways and roads. Motorists stepped out of their cars and pedestrians stopped in their tracks, bowing their heads as they remembered those who perished.

A candle burns in front of a memorial wall bearing the engraved names of tens of thousands of Hungarian Holocaust victims in the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest. | AP Photo
A candle burns in front of a memorial wall bearing the engraved names of tens of thousands of Hungarian Holocaust victims in the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest. | AP Photo

Melancholic music and interviews with Holocaust survivors are filling the airwaves while TV stations show documentaries about the genocide.

Ceremonies are held around the country. Names of those killed are read out at parliament later in the day.

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