Marking Holocaust memorial day in Israel, and in Montreal

Israelis have stopped in their tracks, standing in silence as sirens pierced the air to remember the 6 million Jews who perished in the Nazi Holocaust during World War II.

The Jewish state came to a virtual stop as the two-minute siren went off on Monday morning, marking Israel's Holocaust remembrance day — one of the most solemn days on the Israeli calendar.

Buses and cars stopped on roads and highways. Many people stepped out of their vehicles and stood in solemn silence. Pedestrians stopped walking and stood still in contemplation.

Melancholic music and interviews with Holocaust survivors are filling the airwaves while TV stations show documentaries about the genocide.

Ceremonies are held around the country. Names of those killed are read out at parliament later in the day.

Here in Montreal, a symbolic reading of victims' names will be read out on the steps of City Hall at an event beginning at 11:30 this morning.

Mayor Denis Coderre will be joined by Israel's consul-general in Montreal, Joel Lion, Hampstead mayor William Steinberg, Cote St. Luc mayor Anthony Housefather and Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, who will recite the commemorative prayer.

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