Observances were held, Monday, at the Knesset and the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial institution in Jerusalem, during which the names of those who died in the Holocaust were read in public. At the Knesset, Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein paid tribute to the late speaker Dov Shilanski, a Holocaust survivor who instituted the practice. The observances are called "Every Person Has a Name" after a poem by Leah Goldberg. Edelstein said the thought was in contrast to the numbers the Nazis tatooed on the concentration camp inmates. He remembered his relatives among the 300,000 who perished from the Transnistria region of Moldova.
President Shim'on Peres recalled his relatives among the 2,060 Jews of his hometown of Vishneva, Poland, who were rounded up into the community's wooden synagogue and shot before the building was set on fire. They included his father who, wrapped in a prayer shawl, led the community into the building, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. He also recalled his grandfather's parting words, "Be a Jew," as he boarded a train on his journey to Israel.