At 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning an alarm sounded signaling Israelis to stand in silence for two minutes in memory of those killed under Nazi rule. Sixty-one years later, Israel continues to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. The official state ceremony was held at Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority on Monday night. The names of family members who perished were read and candles were lit in a ceremony called “Unto Every Person There is a Name.” Israel’s chief rabbis read from the Psalms and the kaddish, the Jewish mourning prayer. Students in schools around the country participated in their own ceremonies reading poems and singing songs written by both victims and survivors. The Jewish Agency’s Absorption Center for new immigrants in Jerusalem ended their ceremony by singing HaTikva (The Hope), Israel’s national anthem. Israel itself is proof that the Jewish people continue to survive despite the tragedy of the Holocaust. An estimated 250,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel today.
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