At Auschwitz, in Israel, they gathered to mourn the dead of the Holocaust





OSWIECIM, Poland -- The Jewish prayer for the dead echoed across the wooden barracks and barbed wire fences of the former Auschwitz death camp on Monday, as thousands gathered to mourn the victims of the Holocaust.

In Israel, a two-minute siren sounded at 10 a.m., bringing pedestrians to a halt on busy streets and causing cars to pull over on highways as the country paused to pay respects to the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II.

Israeli leaders gathered with Holocaust survivors for the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Yad Vashem, the country's Holocaust memorial and museum. The events were part of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was observed from sundown Sunday to Monday.

About 8,000 people from across the world -- including aging Holocaust survivors and teenagers -- took part in Poland's annual March of the Living, a two-mile trek from Auschwitz to the sprawling death camp of Birkenau, site of the main gas chambers.



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