SALT LAKE CITY — Traffic in Israel came to a stop Thursday as Israelis across the country observed the country’s Holocaust Remembrance Day with a powerful moment of silence.
According to The Times of Israel, sirens sounded at 10 a.m. Thursday and the country came to a standstill for two minutes in honor of the 6 million people of Jewish faith who were killed by the Nazis during World War II.
Moving videos and pictures that were shared across social media Thursday show commuters and pedestrians getting out of their cars and standing still in remembrance.
Israeli news anchor Eylon Levy wrote of the event Thursday, “After the siren, it takes two minutes for the traffic to start to flow properly. And something amazing happened: NOBODY HONKED.”
Ceremonies were held at schools, public institutions and army bases across the country to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day. A March of the Living was also held at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland, according to The Times of Israel.
“Nothing in the world will ever come close to the sight of a highway full of cars coming to a stop, everyone stepping out, and standing hands to the side and heads bowed for two minutes for a siren,” Levy said. “It's chilling.”