The Holocaust Memorial in the center of Berlin, designed by architect Peter Eisenman, photo source here.
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. A day dedicated to remembering the horrific tragedy that befell the Jewish people, over a twelve year period, starting 78 years ago. A day dedicated to remembering the 6 million Jewish people who were tortured and slaughtered at the hands of evil human beings. A day in which we ponder in disbelief that such a thing occurred in the "modern world", and that it was allowed to continue in the first place. The only word that I can think of at the moment is horrific, but that certainly does not begin to describe the extreme unfathomable injustice that is called The Holocaust. It is important to note as well, that in addition to the 6 million Jews who were the target of this genocide plan, an additional 6 millions non-Jews were shamelessly slaughtered due to their beliefs, race or physical ailments.
Here in Israel, one simply can't ignore the significance of this day, as throughout the country a loud two minute siren goes off at 10am, a siren which beckons all to spend a few minutes of silence and remembrance during its duration. Freeway traffic generally stops altogether as cars pull over to the side to honor this moment in time. It is truly moving to be out and about when the siren goes off and to witness how exactly we as a People continue to honor this day, each in our own way. That is one of the beautiful things about life in Israel.