Israel honors the millions who perished in the Holocaust.
As the sun begins to set this evening, ushering in Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, the atmosphere will change. Slowly, the quotidian routine will give way to reflection as businesses and leisure venues close to allow the nation to honor the memory of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.The official events will start at 8 p.m. with the main ceremony at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, at which President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are scheduled to speak. Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev will light the memorial flame, and Holocaust survivor Esther Meron will speak in the name of all the survivors.During the ceremony, six other survivors will light six torches, each one representing 1 million victims: Moshe Ha-Elion, Moshe Jakubowitz, Jeannine Sebbane-Bouhanna, Moshe Porat, Max Privler, and Elka Reines-Abramovitz.Events on Monday will open with a two-minute siren, during which the country will stand in silence. Between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., “Behind the Scenes at Yad Vashem” will offer visitors an up-close look at the work of the institution. Visitors will have a chance to meet with experts, who will seek out art work and documents not generally on display for the general public.