Israel comes to a standstill in memory of the Holocaust

Israelis paused to the sound of a lamenting single-tone siren across the country, marking Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day in commemoration of the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II.

The sombre day is also marked by ceremonies and memorials at schools and community centres. Restaurants and cafes close, and TV and radio stations play quiet music and Holocaust-themed programmes.