OSWIECIM, POLAND - JANUARY 21: European Parliament lawmakers and Rabbis of European Jewish communities pose for a picture under the main gate of the former Auschwitz Concentration Camp bearing the motto Arbeit Macht Frei (Work brings freedom) on January 21, 2020 in Oswiecim, Poland. The European Jewish Association, a pan-European body of Jewish communities, organized the two-day event to pay tribute to those murdered by the Nazis in Auschwitz-Birkenau. (Photo by Omar Marques/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Holocaust survivors across the world are uniting to deliver a message on the dangers of unchecked hate and the importance of remembrance at a time of rising global antisemitism. The video was released Thursday by the New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany to mark Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. The video includes 100 Holocaust survivors who ask people to stand with them and remember the Nazi genocide to avoid repeating the horrors of the past. About 6 million European Jews and millions of other people were killed by the Nazis and their collaborators. The annual remembrance known as Yom HaShoah is one of the most solemn on Israel’s calendar.

Israel halts for Holocaust day, honors 6 million Jews killed

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel has come to a halt to honor the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust. Sirens blaring for two minutes across the country signaled the moment at 10 a.m. Thursday. Shops closed, people halted and drivers on the highways pulled over and stepped out to stand with heads bowed. The ritual is part of Israel’s great effort to remember those murdered and to make heroes of the survivors. About 165,000 survivors live in Israel, founded in 1948 in the wake of the genocide. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has called for the world to stop comparing other events to the Holocaust after the presidents of warring Ukraine and Russia did so.