Israel pauses in silence for Holocaust Day

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C), President Shimon Peres (R) and Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev (L) stand still at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem April 28 2014 as sirens sounded across Israel for a two-minute silence in memory of Jewish Holocaust victims. Israel began marking Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day at sundown on April 27 with a ceremony at the Yad Vashem memorial. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli girls attend the Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 28, 2014 at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. This year's memorial is focused on the memory of more than 400,000 Hungarian Jews who were massacred in 1944. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Israelis stand still in downtown Jerusalem on April 28, 2014, as sirens sounded across Israel for a two-minute silence in memory of Holocaust victims. Israel began marking Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day at sundown on April 27 with a ceremony at the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem, which commemorates the Jews, killed by the Nazi regime during World War II. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers stand near an 'Iron Dome' battery (background), a short-range missile defence system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, near the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, minutes before sirens sounded across Israel for a two-minute silence in memory of Holocaust victims, on April 28, 2014. Israel began marking Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day at sundown on April 27 with a ceremony at the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem, which commemorates the Jews, killed by the Nazi regime during World War II. AFP PHOTO/DAVID BUIMOVITCH (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lays a wreath to commemorate the Jewish victims of the Nazi regime during the Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 28, 2014 at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. Israel began marking Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day at sundown on April 27 with a ceremony at the Yad Vashem memorial. AFP PHOTO/POOL/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
A relative of Holocaust victims lays flowers on the names of concentration camps in the hall of remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial on April 28, 2014 during the Holocaust memorial day in Jerusalem. This year's memorial is focused on the memory of more than 400,000 Hungarian Jews who were massacred in 1944. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA (Photo credit should read MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israelis have stopped in their tracks, standing in silence as sirens pierced the air to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.

The Jewish state came to a virtual stop as the two-minute siren went off on Monday morning, marking Israel's Holocaust remembrance day - one of the most solemn days on the Israeli calendar.

Buses and cars stopped on roads and highways. Many people stepped out of their vehicles and stood in solemn silence. Pedestrians stopped walking and stood still in contemplation.

Melancholic music and interviews with Holocaust survivors are filling the airwaves while TV stations show documentaries about the genocide.

Ceremonies are held around the country. Names of those killed are read out at parliament later in the day.

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