Israel Begins Annual Holocaust Memorial Day With Solemn Ceremony in Jerusalem

Israel has begun its annual Holocaust memorial day with the nation's leaders attending a solemn ceremony. Wednesday night's ceremony at the Yad Vashem memorial begins 24 hours of commemorations. German Nazis and their collaborators killed six million Jews in the Holocaust, wiping out a third of world Jewry. The annual memorial day is one of the most solemn on Israel's calendar. On Thursday morning, Israel is scheduled to come to a standstill as sirens wail for two minutes. Pedestrians typically stop in their tracks as cars and buses halt, and passengers stand on roads with their heads bowed.