Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) Marked In Israel And Around The World (PHOTOS)

05/22/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Israel came to a standstill for two mournful minutes on Tuesday as air-raid sirens pierced the air in memory of the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust.

Cars came to a halt and people froze in their tracks, many with heads bowed, in memory of the victims.

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Israeli students mark Holocaust Remembrance Day in the southern city of Ashkelon. (AP)

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Israelis in Tel Aviv stop, mid-commute, to stand in ceremonial solidarity while a siren blares. (AP)

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More Ashkelon high school students marking the day. (AP)

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Twin-sister Holocaust survivors Lia Huber and Iudit Barnea light a torch for the opening remembrance ceremony Monday at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. (AP)

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IDF soldier stands at attention at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem. (AP)

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu giving a speech at Monday's opening ceremony at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. (AP)

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French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, French Father Patrick Desbois and Nobel peace laureate Elie Wiesel (left to right) pray during a ceremony Monday at the Place de la Nation in Geneva. (AP)

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A crowd marking the day listens to a speech Monday at the Place de la Nation, outside the UN headquarters in Geneva. (AP)

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Israeli choir children wait to perform for a ceremony marking the day. (AP)

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Holocaust survivors Ruth Fayon, David Planer and Georges Loinger (left to right) attend the Place de la Nation ceremony in Geneva. (AP)

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IDF soldier experiences the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. (AP)

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Orthodox Israeli Jews visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum Tuesday. (AP)

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