SHAD­OWS FROM THE PAST

The Jewish Chronicle - - Front Page - BY NATHAN JEFFAY

Is­raeli de­signer Dorielle Rim­mer cre­ated this poster for Is­rael’s Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day. The shad­ows rep­re­sent those who per­ished, she says

IS­RAEL GROUND to a halt for two min­utes yes­ter­day morn­ing, as sirens sounded across the coun­try to mark Yom Hashoah.

As well as mourn­ing vic­tims and hon­our­ing re­sis­tance fight­ers, this year’s events paid trib­ute to Jews who helped each other dur­ing the Shoah. The theme of Yom Hashoah this year was “My Brother’s Keeper: Jewish Sol­i­dar­ity Dur­ing the Holo­caust”.

Es­tee Yaari, spokes­woman for Yad Vashem which chose the theme, said: “We wanted to high­light the re­mark­able fact that peo­ple fight­ing for their own sur­vival also man­aged to help oth­ers.”

Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across the coun­try ran me­mo­rial events, and there were tele­vised events at Yad Vashem. The open­ing cer­e­mony took place there on Wed­nes­day evening, when Pres­i­dent Shi­mon Peres and Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu ad­dressed 2,500 peo­ple, in­clud­ing politi­cians, diplo­mats and sur­vivors. Six sur­vivors lit torches, each torch rep­re­sent­ing a mil­lion vic­tims.

On Thurs­day morn­ing, Mr Ne­tan- yahu and Mr Peres re­turned to Yad Vashem to lay wreaths. Af­ter­wards, mem­bers of the public were in­vited to the podium in the Hall of Re­mem­brance to read out the names of vic­tims. A sim­i­lar name read­ing took place at the same time in the Knes­set.

PHOTO: FLASH 90

Chief of Staff Benny Gantz mark­ing Holo­caust Re­mem­brance Day at Yad Vashem mu­seum in Jerusalem

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