Israelis froze in their tracks Thursday as sirens wailed in memory of the 6 million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis.
In a speech closing the day, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin struck a universal tone, saying Israel should fight fascism worldwide.
“Fifty years after the fall of Hitler his successors are rising … in Europe, in South America, and other areas,” Rabin said at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai. “Israel will be on the front line … and expects any progressive person to join the battle against reviving anti-Semitism, facism, and Nazism.”
In Parliament, Rabin and other leaders called out names of relatives who perished.
At the Kedma high school in Tel Aviv, students lit a candle for nonJewish victims of persecution - including Gypsies killed by the Nazis and Armenians killed by the Turks in World War I.