Monday, April 16, 2007

Yom Hashoa in Israel

Monday was Yom Hashoa - Holocaust Martyrs' and
Heroes' Remembrance Day.

Sunday night, all places of entertainment were closed in Israel.
Television entertainment channels were off the air for 24 hours.
At 8pm Sunday night, the three main channels broadcasted the memorial ceremony at Yad Vashem.

At 10am Monday morning, the sirens were sounded all over Israel and everyone stopped what they were doing and stood in memory of the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.
Israel is the only place in the world were the whole population hears a siren to remind everyone not to forget. The programs on television and radio were devoted to the Holocaust.
The schools had special lessons for the students.
For my first 26 years I grew up in New York and the day would go by without people knowing.

In Israel it is different.
Everyone remembers.

We must not forget!

1 comment:

Michael said...

Yom HaShoah is always very moving here.

I'm up in Karmiel; from my apt window, I could see a car pulled over to the curb, and the driver standing at attention by the open door...