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Israel marked Holocaust Memorial Day. The Jewish state came to a halt Tuesday morning when sirens sounded for two minutes as part of annual ceremonies honoring the 6 million victims of the Nazi genocide. The 24-hour events began Monday night with a gathering of political and religious leaders in Jerusalem, where six Holocaust survivors lit memorial candles. This year’s commemorations emphasized “The Human Spirit in the Shadow of Death.” Around 280,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel, constituting 40 percent of the population over age 60.

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