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Israel marks Holocaust Memorial day

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Two minutes silence was marked across Israel on Thursday to remember the victims of the Holocaust. Sirens echoed across the country to mark the national memorial day.

In Tel Aviv, trains, cars and pedestrians stopped where they were, to pay their respects to the six million Jews who died during World War II.

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid wreaths at the Yad-Vashem memorial in Jerusalem.

Several of the 250,000 Holocaust survivors who live in Israel also took part in remembrance day ceremonies.

A silent protest was held outside the German embassy in Tel Aviv to denounce a poem – critical of Israel – by German author Guenter Grass.

The piece denounces the Jewish state for wanting to launch military strikes against Iran.