Jews worldwide remember Holocaust

2012-04-19 20:01

Tel Aviv - Jews around the world on Thursday remembered the 6 million members of their faith who were killed by the Nazis and their European collaborators in World War II.

In Israel, sirens wailed for two minutes at 10:00 (07:00 GMT), at which point the country came to a complete standstill.

Pedestrians and drivers stood silently, many at attention and with heads bowed, on the sidewalks, or on the road, next to their vehicles.

In Poland, about 10 000 Jewish youths from Israel and 30 other countries participated in a three-kilometre march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the two sections of the largest concentration camp complex during World War II.

Israel traditionally marks it on the 27th day of the Jewish month of Nissan - one week before Israeli Independence Day - to symbolise the birth of the Jewish state after Holocaust.

The annual march at Auschwitz, known as The March of the Living, was this year also attended by US army veterans who took part in the liberation of concentration camps such as Dachau, Buchenwald, Gunskirchen and Mauthausen.

The oldest participating veteran was 94.

According to the Yad Vashem Holocaust institute in Jerusalem, 1.1 million Jews were killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau, in addition to 70 000 Poles, 25 000 gypsies and about 15 000 prisoners of war.

"My grandparents were in Auschwitz and in the ghetto and if they had not been liberated by men like these, I would probably not be here today," said 27-year-old Shani from Israel.

"My grandparents were murdered here in Auschwitz.

"Because the allied soldiers liberated the camp just in time I had a future and can now tell my grandchildren about the Holocaust," added 83-year-old Irving Roth, who as a 15-year-old was freed by US troops after the westward January 1945 death march from Auschwitz to Buchenwald.

Holocaust Remembrance Day began after sunset in Israel on Wednesday, with a state ceremony at Yad Vashem, attended by politicians, foreign diplomats, Holocaust survivors and their relatives.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned in his speech that whoever downplayed the threat of a nuclear Iran, "didn't learn the lessons of the Holocaust".

Six survivors lit six beacons honouring the 6 million Jews killed.

Also Thursday, the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Centre, added three new names to its list of the most-wanted World War II Nazi war criminals.

They are Hungarian Laszlo Csatary, a police chief of Kosice, in Hungarian-occupied Slovakia; Vladimir Katriuk, a platoon commander in a Ukrainian secret police unit which murdered numerous civilians in Belarus; and Helmut Oberlander, who served in the SS Einsatzkommando unit, a moving death squad, which carried out mass murders in southern Ukraine.

  • Johan - 2012-04-19 20:51

    we must never forget ...

      Robert - 2012-04-19 22:19

      What - One nation or culture better than the other. I agree never forget but do something when it repeats itself. More people live with this in Africa what are the Jews doing to stop this? The past is bad and truly sad but please help in avaiding it happening in the future. What efforts does the Jews make on this topic? Everybody is equel irrespective of the sadness and horrifying events - Its all about what is your efforts in it not happning again irrespective of race, greed or gender. Where is that effort - I would realy like and answer.

      Robert - 2012-04-20 02:35

      Marketing for what they about to do and going to do in the future to remond the world of their suffering but they care less of the sufferings of others. Who ever thumbs down is obviously not for equality.

      Jaba - 2012-04-20 08:12

      Robert... this is simply a day of remembrance in Israel and around the world in different Jewish communities. Any group of people may have a remembrance day if they wish… you can even start one yourself. The only crime here is that you read this article and felt left out… If anyone is interested in what happens in Israel on this day, check the youtube video below: also. Search on Google Afrika Tikkun and others org… – and see what this small community in SA does to help the lives of others – there is over 40 charities headed by members of the community for people who are not part of the community

      Larry - 2012-04-20 20:31

      This article has nothing to do with Israel or Palestinians, Lesego.

      Fred - 2012-04-21 01:37

      OCD Patrick at it again. He can't let go, even on a thread like this. Inhuman and narcissistic.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-04-19 20:52

    We Africans deserve the same sympathy that Jews today are recieving all over the world for their ordeal...our struggle against brutal colonialists have been turned into a joke thanks to the likes of malema.

      Fred - 2012-04-19 21:09

      Have you considered how Africans have colonized other Africans and non-Afticans?

      Fred - 2012-04-19 21:10

      Sympathy is weak. Empathy is powerful.

      spartanx93 - 2012-04-19 21:42

      if it was not for the colonialists you would not be writing that stupid comment on news24. Africa would still be powered by a fire in a mud hut.

      Brett - 2012-04-19 21:45

      The same colonialists that brought medicine, education, economy,clothing, employment, technology to a continent of warring tribes that had not yet invented the wheel? How brutal.

      Cris - 2012-04-19 22:16

      @Spartanx93, You are stuck on stupid. Could people then conclude that if the Romans hadn't invaded the Brits the Brits would still not be bathing?

      Cris - 2012-04-19 22:25

      Brett you want to hide behind your race for your personal short comings. Can you yourself make medicine? Can you write a one page essay? What do you do that anyone in this world can't do. Please you under achieving losers wanna play all genius in here when you can't even string a sentence of your own language on this forum.

      Mattewis - 2012-04-20 07:07

      @Larry Very true! The Western Flyer bicycle factory they had in Dimbaza in the Eastern Cape, they very successfully destroyed! They also had much more than a blue-print, as the factory was fully established for them. The Apartheid government built up many, many factories there, using billions of rands of tax-payer money to try to keep the Ciskei going - all destroyed! The CNDC established huge internationally exporting fruit farms (citrus & pineapple mostly), but the moment they were handed over to The-Azanian's "Africans" to run, they would invariably succeed in destroying them! @Cris What are these few sentences, your autobiography? You'll have to write more than that, and it has to be interesting if you want someone to actually buy it!

      Cris - 2012-04-20 09:53

      Benn and Larry you are ignorant muppets. Now the Chinese have never invented anything according to your uneducated racist nuts. Things like paper money that you have in short supply and therefore causing your ignorant rants to go into overdrive were invented by the Chinese. You are embarrassing yourselves here with your lack of knowledge. A simple google search will tell you a lot of things invented by the Chinese and other races. Yes other races. You are just a bunch of under achievers who couldn't even pass a grade 10 Chemistry test but you all want to act all brainy here. Racist Clowns.

      Sandra - 2012-04-20 11:04

      Big wank. Paper and gunpowder was invented centuries ago. Is this the Chinese claim to fame? Never mind the Chinese - they are hard working achievers, and not my intention to disparage them. You divert from the meat of my comment. What has Africa done for Africans, besides claim what others have done for them as their own? This is not racist, it is an observation.

      Brett - 2012-04-20 14:12

      Cris if you want to make reference to chemistry tests, please feel free to quiz me as I majored in biochemistry at college. Come on put your money where your mouth is. And your vile response to Sandra just proves how backward you are. Anyway, I am ready to discuss chemistry or other sciences such as microbiology, biology with you...Should we begin with comparing amounts of Adenosine Triphosphate generated from glucose metabolism via the Krebs Cycle as opposed to Glycolysis? Or should we go the microbiology route and discuss the use of Coliforms versus Pseudomonas as a sanitery indicator organism? Over to you...

  • anthonyralphwilson - 2012-04-19 21:17

    how about we rather have a moment of silence for the boer woman and children killed in british concertration camps right here in sunny south africa

      Larry - 2012-04-21 20:56

      How about we ALSO have a moment of silence for the boer woman and children killed in British concentration camps, instead of RATHER. Is there no Afrikaner commemoration of this travesty on their people?

  • - 2012-04-19 21:32

    In memoriam. We shall never forget...

  • Boy Bana - 2012-04-19 22:22

    @ mujahid.. please stop being an embarassment. if u hv no brain thn pls accept it as such and dont open your mouth for all to see u hve no brain. no one is forcing u to do anything regarding the holocaust. i am a proud muslim with a brain

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-04-19 22:43


  • Fidel - 2012-04-24 18:42

    6 million my foot. You mean the Holohaux.

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