Holocaust survivors asked for wartime relics

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Israel has been honouring the victims of the Nazi Holocaust in its annual day of remembrance.

In Jerusalem, and elsewhere in the country, life came to a standstill on Monday morning as people stopped what they were doing to mark the moment.

The Jewish state is home to the largest survivor community from the events of World War II.

Survivors have been asked to hand in letters, photographs, clothes and other relics from the Holocaust era to Israel’s national memorial authority, to preserve their memory for future generations.

The commemorations began on Sunday night with a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum. Both the Israeli president and prime minister laid wreaths.

Benjamin Netanyahu denounced what he called the “hatred” directed at Israel around the world today.

The memorial authority has picked “Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes” as the theme of this year’s event.

At the former concentration camp at Auschwitz in Poland, thousands of teenagers and survivors from 40 countries held a rally to remember the six million Jewish victims of the Nazis.

They walked together to the site of the former death camp at Birkenau in the “March of the Living” event that has been organised annually since 1988.