For two minutes, Israel stops what it’s doing

It’s quite a sight once a year when Israelis stop what they’re doing for two minutes. Today is that day. It’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

It doesn’t matter what you’re doing.

After two minutes, the world moves on.

Related: Holocaust Remembrance Day: Elie Wiesel on what makes us moral (MPR News Presents)

  • jon
  • Never forget.

  • Kassie

    The title of the video is “Israel Pauses to Remember 6 Million Murdered in Holocaust.” Today I learned it is 6 million Jews, but more than 10 million total people. That’s like the population of Minnesota and Wisconsin combined.

    • Jeff C.

      Right. Along with killing 2 out of every 3 European Jews, the Nazis also killed Soviet prisoners of war (3.3 million killed), homosexuals, political opponents, religious dissidents (such as Jehovah’s Witnesses), Roma (Gypsies), Polish people (3 million Jewish and 1.9 million non-Jewish people killed), and physically and mentally disabled people. Unfathomable.

      • Jack Ungerleider

        One of the most interesting takes on the Holocaust story is Art Spiegleman’s “Maus: A survivor’s tale” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maus

        I picked it up in the gift shop of the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. probably 25 years ago. It’s a graphic novel (or memoir is probably more correct) based on interviews Spiegelman did with his father Vladek. If you want a coarse view of that period in time and what happened to the people imprisoned in the camps its a good read.

  • chlost

    This should be a worldwide remembrance. The entire world should just stop. And remember.

  • Barton

    This is also what you experience in Europe if you happen to be anywhere on November 11th at 11:11am. It is haunting.

    And don’t be that American who gets shushed by everyone in the grocery store b/c you are still talking after the bells have announced the start of the minute of silence (not me, really).

  • Jack Ungerleider

    If you want to get a real sense of the camps seek out and watch the documentary short “Night and Fog” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_and_Fog_(1956_film). I saw it over 40 years ago and it’s impact resonates whenever the topic of the Holocaust comes up.