CBNNews.com – JERUSALEM, Israel – While Jews worldwide remember the Nazi atrocities on Yom HaShoah [Holocaust Rembrance Day), in Israel it’s a national memorial observed in every Jewish household.
At Wednesday evening’s traditional opening ceremonies at Jerusalem’s Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial, six Holocaust survivors each lit one six torches in solemn remembrance of the six million Jews murdered during the reign of the Third Reich.
“The voices of those who deny the Holocaust are also being heard,” Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said. “To them — the haters, the deniers and all the conspirators of evil and to all of those who allow them to function within their realms, we say today, this shall never happen again.”
Ironically, Olmert’s peace partner, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, wrote his doctoral thesis on Holocaust denial.
“Sixty-three years have passed since the Nazi’s and their collaborator’s Satanic death factories ceased to operate. Yet with the passing of time, the dimensions of the Holocaust remain beyond comparison, unfathomably shocking, unacceptably chilling,” Olmert continued.
“Who would have believed that 63 years later, hatred of Jews and Israelis would rear its ugly head in so many different places around the globe, provocatively and venomously, inciting hatred?” the prime minister asked.
At 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, all Israel came to a standstill while the two-minute siren sounded throughout the country. Olmert laid a wreath at Yad VaShem and the day’s activities, many of them at the Yad VaShem museum, began.
Yom HaShoah ends with another torch-lighting ceremony at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai in the Negev, dedicated to Jewish fighters at the Warsaw Ghetto.