From The Times of Israel
Mengele twin, Hagana fighters, and a ‘mute’, among survivors honoredNEVER FORGET
6 survivors kindle memorial flames at Wednesday night’s official Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony
BY JESSICA STEINBERG April 15, 2015
When the annual Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day begins Wednesday evening, the official start of the 24-hour-long period is marked with a ceremony at Yad Vashem, Israel’s official museum commemorating the Holocaust.
[...]one of the most poignant and uplifting parts of the ceremony is the lighting of the torches in memory of the six million who perished during the Holocaust.
The torches are traditionally lit by six survivors who suffered through the travails of the Holocaust but managed to emerge alive and make their way to Israel, then just a fledgling state.
“The torchlighters really symbolize the six million victims and the survivors,” said Estee Yaari, a spokesperson for Yad Vashem. “It’s their personal stories that we are able to connect with, that create an emotional connection for many people.”...
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