Holocaust Remembrance Day events to begin tonight
By Amiram Barkat

Events marking Holocaust Day begin this evening with the central assembly at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, attended by Israeli leaders, Holocaust survivors and foreign diplomats. This year’s events will reflect the theme “Humanity in the Shadow of Death.”

The state ceremony will include the traditional lighting of six torches in memory of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust. The torches will be lit by Hasia Borenstein, 85, who was born in Poland and was a Partisan and member of the underground; Menachem Frenkel, 70, born in Belgium, who fled with his family to the south of France and hid under a fake identity; Hedy Hirsch, 79, born in Czechoslovakia and sent to Auschwitz and the death march; Uri Hanoch, 78, born in Lithuania, who survived the Kovno Ghetto and several work camps; Esther Burstein, 83, born in Poland, who was sent to Auschwitz and force-marched to Bergen-Belsen; and Kalman Bar-On, 76, born in northern Yugoslavia and sent to Auschwitz, where he was among the Mengele twins.

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and IDF Chief of Staff Dan Halutz will attend the opening ceremony this evening at the Massuah Institute for the Study of the Holocaust on Kibbutz Tel Yitzhak