Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day with ceremonies across country
The day's events include a wreath-laying ceremony at Yad Vashem, reading victims' names in 'Unto Every Person There is a Name' ceremony in the Knesset, and the March of the Living in Poland, where over 10,000 youths will walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau.
Following the two minutes of silence, a wreath-laying ceremony commenced at Warsaw Ghetto Square at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Supreme Court President Miriam Naor, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, Police Commisioner Roni Alsheikh and delegations from Israel and abroad were all in attendance.
Schools and municipalities across the country are also holding their own memorial ceremonies starting at 10am to mark the day.
At 11am, the ceremony "Unto Every Person There is a Name" will be held both in Yad Vashem's Hall of Remembrance and at the Chagall State Hall at the Knesset under the auspices of the Knesset's Speaker. During the ceremony, names of the Holocaust's victims will be read out. Also in attendance will be President Rivlin and his wife, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Supreme Court President Naor, Opposition leader Isaac Herzog, and others.
The main memorial ceremony will be held at Yad Vashem's Hall of Remembrance at 1pm.
At 5:30pm, a ceremony for youth movements will be held at Yad Vashem's Valley of the Communities. It will be attended by Education Minister Naftali Bennett and hundreds of members of the youth movements.
Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev will speak at the ceremony, followed by Holocaust survivor Marion Miller. Yitzhak Reichenbaum, accompanied by youth movement participants, will light the Memorial Flame. The program will include a performance by Elai Botner and the Outsiders and the Youth Movement Choir led by Moshe Yosef.
The day's closing events will be held on 7:30pm at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai at the monument in memory of Mordechai Anielewicz, one of the leaders of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, MK Yair Lapid and Eshkol Regional Council head Gadi Yarkoni will speak at the ceremony, which will also be attended by representatives from 17 foreign states.
At 7:45pm, a closing ceremony will begin at the Ghetto Fighters' Museum. President Rivlin will speak at the ceremony, as well as Dr. Anat Livne, Director, the Ghetto Fighters' Museum, and Nir Meir, the national chairman of the Kibbutz Movement. In addition, six torches will be lit in memory of the six million.
Yad Vashem will also hold special "Behind the Scenes" tours for the public between 12pm-2:30pm, during which expert guides will unveil original documents, photographs and artifacts not on general display. These tours will be conducted predominantly in Hebrew. The only English-language lecture will be given on the topic "Making Memory Relevant: Explore & Discover Yad Vashem Online" by Dana Porath, Director of the Internet Department in the Yad Vashem Communications Division.
Also throughout the day, Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies will be running educational activities for groups, youth movements, pre-military academies, girls in National Service and participants in the "Masa Israel Journey" program.