On the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day Israel has held a ceremony at the country’s official memorial site of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
Survivors lit six torches representing the 6 million Jews killed in the concentration camps.
In his address Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked if the lessons of the Holocaust had been learnt.
“ Every civilised person in the world; all those who say they learned the lessons of the Holocaust need to condemn clearly and unequivocally those who call for the destruction of the Jewish state.”
The central theme of this year’s observance is to encourage survivors to part with precious mementos such as letters and diaries which tell their own personal stories. If they bring them to the memorial site they will be preserved for generations to come.