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Yom HaShoah-Holocaust Remembrance Day

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#1 Birdie07

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    Posted 21 April 2009 - 05:58 PM

    Just thought I'd remind everyone today to remember. We the world promised we would never forget and we did. Genocide is still happening while we sit and watch. Please take 2 minutes out of your day to remember and honor those who died, those who survived and those who carry on.

    There's also a video thats pretty neat to watch too. two minutes long.
    BBC NEWS | Middle East | Holocaust Remembrance Day marked

    A wail of sirens brought Israel to a standstill on Tuesday morning for a two-minute silence to remember the victims of the Holocaust.

    At a ceremony, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Holocaust deniers would never be allowed to carry out another Holocaust of the Jewish people.

    Six million Jews were murdered in the Nazi Holocaust during WWII.

    Remembrance ceremonies were held across the world, including at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz in Poland.

    Thousands of young Jews and elderly survivors took park in the March of the Living, walking from Auschwitz to the nearby death camp at Birkenau.

    In Germany, the parliament commemorated the day with an address by President Horst Koehler.

    'Supreme commitment'

    During the two-minute silence in Israel, pedestrians stopped in their tracks, drivers pulled over and got out of their cars and people in offices rose to stand next to their desks.

    Sixty-four years after, we still have to deal with prejudice, with hate, with those that are trying to do everything they can in order to destroy the Jewish state, the state of Israel
    Silvan Shalom
    Israeli Vice-Prime Minister

    UN 'regrets' Ahmadinejad speech

    At the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, survivors Lia and Iudit - twin sisters - lit a torch to open the remembrance day ceremony, before Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu laid a wreath.

    In the Hall of Remembrance names of the victims were recited.

    Mr Netanyahu said it was the supreme commitment of the State of Israel to never again let the Jewish people perish in a Holocaust.

    An official ceremony was also held in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset.

    Critical voices

    The Holocaust Remembrance Day is also being marked in communities all over Israel with prayers and musical performances.

    An estimated 250,000 Holocaust survivors are living in Israel, many below the poverty line.

    Critics have accused the state of not doing enough to help them.

    In Poland, about 7,000 people walked the two miles from Auschwitz to Birkenau. Among the participants was Israeli Vice-Prime Minister Silvan Shalom.

    Mr Shalom said that 64 years after the Holocaust "we still have to deal with prejudice, with hate, with those that are trying to do everything they can in order to destroy the Jewish state, the State of Israel."

    Mr Shalom also referred to the strong attacks on Israel by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a UN conference in Switzerland.

    "What we faced yesterday in Geneva is shameful. Shameful to those countries that have decided to back Iran, to Switzerland that have decided to host and to have the Iranian president.

    "Unfortunately it was a very strong, a very wrong message to the whole world, that a man like Ahmadinejad can hold such kind of opinions but in the same time to be accepted by the president of Switzerland".

    The biggest event to mark the day in the US will take place in Washington at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, which describes the day as a reminder to Americans "of what can happen to civilized people when bigotry, hatred and indifference reign".

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      Posted 22 April 2009 - 09:24 PM

      Thank you for remembering and sharing :)

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