Jerusalem (AP) Israel has marked the World War II Holocaust with a somber two-minute tribute.
Sirens pierced the air throughout the country today in a mournful wail in tribute to the six million jews murdered by the Nazis.
Hours earlier, Israel’s president drew a thinly veiled comparison between the Nazi genocide and the threat Israel perceives today from Iran's nuclear ambitions.
In an annual ritual, drivers switched off their engines and Israelis put aside their daily activities to stand at attention as the sirens sounded.
More than a-quarter million holocaust survivors live in Israel. Movie houses, theaters and other places of entertainment shut down last night. Radio and television programming focused exclusively on the holocaust.
Ceremonies planned for the day included the public reading of names of holocaust victims.