April 16, 2007



JERUSALEM — Sirens sounded across Israel this morning, bringing life to a standstill as millions of Israelis observed a moment of silence to honor the memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

Pedestrians froze in their tracks, buses stopped on busy streets and cars on major highways pulled over as the country paused to pay respect to the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis.

The 2-minute siren at 10 a.m. is an annual tradition marking Israel’s Holocaust remembrance day, which began Sunday evening and ends at sundown today. All day, TV stations will devote their broadcasts to historical documentaries and movies, and radio stations will play somber music and interviews with survivors. Schools will hold memorial services, places of entertainment will be shut down and the Israeli flag will wave at half-mast.