Thousands gather at Auschwitz for Holocaust memorial

On Sunday, the president said in a speech to the World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in NY that the Holocaust is "the darkest chapter of human history".

Standing Still, the first project of The Israeli Connection, a nonprofit venture founded in 2016, reportedly was developed in collaboration with the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel and the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin.

The Holocaust Immovable Property Restitution Study conducted research which claims several previously communist eastern European countries have not completely complied with a 2009 declaration on confiscated Jewish goods.

People lay a wreath during a remembrance day in Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, Monday, April 24, 2017.

The prime minister also issued a call for "national unity" on the eve of the upcoming days of remembrance and independence in Israel, saying, "This is the source of our strength and also the foundation of our future". International Holocaust Remembrance Day was on January 27 of this year, and Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, ends this evening. Jews from Israel and around the world marched the 3km route from Auschwitz to Birkenau commemorating the Holocaust victims.

President Donald Trump vowed to wipe out anti-Semitism in a message to mark Israel's annual Holocaust Remembrance Day after his administration was criticized for past statements about the genocide. Restaurants, cafes and places of entertainment shut down, and radio and TV programs are dedicated nearly exclusively to documentaries about the Holocaust, interviews with survivors and sombre music. The Israeli flag flew at half-staff. An estimated 160,000 elderly survivors remain, with a similar number worldwide. A gift for her second birthday, it was the only toy she possessed during the approximately three years she spent hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam, just five blocks from the house where Anne Frank wrote in her diary.

The guiding theme of this year's official Holocaust remembrance ceremony in Israel is, "Restoring Their Identities: The Fate of the Individual During the Holocaust".

"These people are dying out", said Alexander Avram, director of Yad Vashem's sobering Hall of Names, which holds the pages of testimony.

He also said that "in our world, the strong survive and the weak are erased".

MK Amir Peretz (Zionist Union) said that the US Army's actions in Casablanca saved many Jews in Morocco, where he was born.

Israeli President Rivlin spoke of two distinct approaches to the memory of the Holocaust.

  • Leroy Wright