Israel to begin marking Holocaust Remembrance Day with Yad Vashem ceremony

Israel is to begin commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, with a national ceremony at Yad Vashem at 8 p.m. The ceremony will be attended by President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Six survivors will light torches.

As the day of commemoration arrives, some 174,500 survivors live in Israel, government data shows.

Of those, 83% are over 80, 18% are over 90 and some 0.5%, over 900 people, are over the age of 100.

In the past year, 14,264 survivors died, 900 of them from COVID-19.

The empty Warsaw Ghetto Square at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, during the Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 21, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)