In Tel Aviv, at the corner of Allenby and Yavne Streets, Shoah Remembrance Day is observed in the public home for elders, most of them Shoah survivors.
On the 27th of the Hebrew month Nisan, Israel falls silent as a two-minute siren sounds across the country at 10 A.M. Each year on this day, the nation is called to remember, to stop activity, and to stand to honor the 6 million slaughtered souls, among them 1.5 million children. The siren follows memorials at the Knesset (parliament) and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority.
At the Beit Avot (Home for Elders), Leah shared this memory: When the SS murdered her Romanian parents, a Christian neighbor claimed the nine-year-old as hers, and hid her in the crawl space three years.
And I wonder, what other kinds of memories does the siren trigger for the elders-survivors?