People stand still as a two-minute siren marking the annual Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day is heard in Jerusalem. Picture: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
People stand still as a two-minute siren marking the annual Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day is heard in Jerusalem. Picture: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
People stand still as a two-minute siren marking the annual Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day is heard near Abu Ghosh. Picture: Nir Elias/Reuters
People stand still as a two-minute siren marking the annual Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day is heard near Abu Ghosh. Picture: Nir Elias/Reuters
People stand still as a two-minute siren marking the annual Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day is heard in Jerusalem. Picture: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
People stand still as a two-minute siren marking the annual Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day is heard in Jerusalem. Picture: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
A beachgoer stands still as a two-minute siren marking the annual Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day is heard in Tel Aviv, Israel. Picture: Ammar Awad/Reuters
A beachgoer stands still as a two-minute siren marking the annual Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day is heard in Tel Aviv, Israel. Picture: Ammar Awad/Reuters
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men visit the Holocaust History Museum at the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. Picture: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men visit the Holocaust History Museum at the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. Picture: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
An exhibition of shoes is seen in the Holocaust History Museum at the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. Picture: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
An exhibition of shoes is seen in the Holocaust History Museum at the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. Picture: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
An original yellow star is seen at the artefacts department of the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. Picture: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
An original yellow star is seen at the artefacts department of the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem. Picture: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
Barbed wire fences are pictured at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland. Picture: Czarek Sokolowski/AP
Barbed wire fences are pictured at the former Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland. Picture: Czarek Sokolowski/AP

Tel Aviv - Thousands of young Jews from around the world are set to march from the Auschwitz to Birkenau death camps in Poland on Thursday to commemorate the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin is scheduled to lead an estimated 12 000 people on the 30th annual March of the Living in Poland.

In Israel, sirens will sound throughout the country to observe a two-minute moment of silence. The main ceremonies in the country will take place at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials attending.

The Poland march comes as Warsaw passed a controversial law setting out fines or jail time for those who blame the Polish people or state for atrocities committed by Nazi Germany during World War II.

Critics, including many in Israel, say the law is loosely formulated and could be abused to deny or negate Polish responsibility for crimes against the Jewish people.