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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jews Mourn Victims of Holocaust

JERUSALEM -- Cars and buses stopped across Israel on Monday and pedestrians froze in silence while a two-minute siren wailed in memory of the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust.


Drivers got out of their cars and stood in the middle of crowded streets. A few people did not observe the moment of silence, to the dismay of 75-year-old survivor Yisrael Lieberman.


"I saw some people, they just walked," he said, his green eyes filling with tears. Shaking, Lieberman rolled up his sleeve to reveal the tattooed number he had received in the Auschwitz death camp.


In the Knesset, Israel's parliament, lawmakers read aloud the names of Holocaust victims, including their own family members.


"To every man there is a name, and every survivor bears witness," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who read out the names of his wife's relatives.


Chief Rabbi Yisrael Lau recalled how he was separated from his mother at age six when she was taken away by the Nazis.


"I searched for my mother for years, but never found her," he said. "Today, I know I will not find her."


On the main street in the Arab sector of Jerusalem, no cars stopped for the siren -- except one Israeli city bus, creating a pileup of honking cars behind it.


Most of the world remembered the Holocaust a day earlier, on Sunday.


At Oswiecim, Poland, site of the notorious Auschwitz death camp, about 2,500 Jewish teenagers from around the world marched to the ruins of the gas chambers, retracing the steps of the people who died there.


The marchers wore blue jackets with the white Star of David, and some carried the blue-and-white Israeli flag.


Hundreds of Jews also gathered at the site of the ghetto in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, to honor the 100,000 Jews who died in that former Soviet republic during World War II.


The Germans set out to destroy the ghetto 54 years ago as they retreated before the advancing Red Army. German soldiers walked its streets, killing any survivors.


Berliners marked the day by reading aloud the names of nearly 56,000 Berlin Jews killed by the Nazis -- a 26-hour task.


The youth group of the international Jewish organization B'nai Brith erected a small tent in front of the busy Wittenbergplatz subway station for the reading. Group members and their families, local politicians and Holocaust survivors read the names from a volume the size of a telephone book as passers-by stopped to listen and light memorial candles. Some wept quietly when they heard the names of family members.


In New York, several thousand people attended a service that was boycotted by some Orthodox Jews because it was held in a Reform temple.