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Israel comes to standstill as sirens mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

US Holocaust Museum opens conservation and research center Israel comes to standstill as sirens mark Holocaust Remembrance Day
Eleena Tovar | 25 Abril, 2017, 18:26

People walk in front of a gate with the words "Arbeit macht frei" (Work sets you free), in the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz as thousands of people, mostly youth from all over the world gather for the annual "March of the Living" on Holocaust Remembrance Day in Oswiecim, Poland, April 24, 2017. "They were murdered by an evil that words can not describe, and that the human heart can not bear", Trump said in a speech to the World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in NY on Yom HaShoah, Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Fela Shapell, fourth from left, her son Irvin Shapell, third from left, and other family members participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, C.

Earlier, at the country's central commemoration event at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem, dignitaries laid wreaths next to a monument commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.

This year, education ministers from 12 countries are scheduled to meet in Israel to discuss how to carry on with remembrance of the Holocaust, or Shoah in Hebrew, once all the survivors have died.

Fifty of the 935 lawmakers who have served in the Knesset since Israel's founding were Holocaust survivors, the Knesset said. Cafes and places of entertainment shut down while TV and radio stations broadcast documentaries about the Holocaust and its victims.

Israelis stand next to their cars as a siren sounds in memory of victims of the Holocaust in Tel Aviv, Israel.

"The denial of responsibility of the crimes committed in the days of the Second World War is Holocaust denial of a new, more destructive and unsafe kind from that we have known until now", he said. "That's a Jewish value, it's a universal value and we take that very seriously", said Jeff Dannick, executive director of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. They could hardly be more different: Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron is facing anti-immigration, anti-EU Marine Le Pen in France's presidential runoff May 7.