This special day has two important features. The first deals with the memory and remembrance of the millions of men, women and children who met untimely deaths during the Holocaust.
Allied to this is an educational programme that includes the active preservation of the sites of death camps, concentration camps, forced labour camps and prisons that sets out to provide a lasting reminder to future generations of the horrors that can happen in an unfettered political system.
Such atrocities can never be allowed to happen again.
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There is also a Holocaust Remembrance Day celebrated in Israel in the spring: Since the early 1960's, the sound of a siren on Yom Hashoah stops traffic and pedestrians throughout the State of Israel for two minutes of silent devotion. The siren blows at sundown and once again at 11:00 A.M. on the 27th day in the month of Nisan — a week after the end of the Passover holiday and a week before Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers. It marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
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