Holocaust Remembrance Day

Associated Press
In this Thursday, April 4, 2013 photo, Warsaw ghetto Holocaust survivor Aliza Vitis-Shomron holds a photograph of herself when she was about 17 years old as she sits in her living room in Kibbutz Givat Oz, Israel. Two days before her comrades embarked on an uprising that came to symbolize Jewish resistance against the Nazis in World War II, 14-year-old Aliza Mendel got her orders: Escape from the Warsaw Ghetto. The end was near. Nazi troops had encircled the ghetto, and the remaining Jewish rebels inside were prepared to die fighting. Her job, they told her, was to survive and tell the world about how the fighters died resisting the Nazis. In the 70 years since the revolt, she's been doing just that, publishing a memoir about life in the ghetto and lecturing about the uprising.(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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Israel came to a standstill for two mournful minutes on April 8 as sirens pierced the air in an annual ritual to remember the 6 million Jews systematically murdered by German Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust in World War II.

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