“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
Approximately ten thousand people – young Jews from all around the world, but also a 2,000 strong group of Polish youth – participated on April 28 in the 23rd March of the Living at the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.
This year the commemorative ceremony held particular meaning due to the 70th anniversary of the deportation of 430,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz in 1944. Participants of the March were accompanied by János Áder, the President of Hungary.
The head of the March of the Living, Aharon Tamir, said “that it is essential that everyone – especially young people, but not only them – gets to know the historical facts, learns the history and draws conclusions from what happened in Europe 70 years ago.”
Among the distinguished guests present at the ceremony were also justices of the Supreme Court of Israel with its chairman Asher Grunis, Chief Rabbi of Tel-Aviv—Yaffo Israel Lau and members of the Polish local authorities including the Mayor of the City of Oświęcim (renamed “Auschwitz” by the German administration) Janusz Chwierut.
Photo: Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau