Holocaust Remembrance Day   

on  13/04/2018 
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THE MARCH OF THE LIVING AT AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU
Holocaust Remembrance Day was marked on Thursday at Auschwitz in Poland with the 30th annual March of the Living, a 3-kilometer procession, attended this year by some 12,000 participants from 40 countries - from Auschwitz to the Birkenau extermination camp.
The procession was led by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, accompanied by the president of Poland, Andrzej Duda.
The March of the Living, which began 30 years ago with some 1,300 participants, has grown over the years, making a deep impression on an entire generation of participants who have gone to Poland to attend the event at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi camps, where 1,100,000 Jews were murdered.
Many of the young people attending the march drape themselves with Israeli flags and a large number of the participants in the March of the Living, including participants in programs supported by Keren Hayesod, continue on to Israel to celebrate Israeli Independence Day.
This year’s March of the Living ceremony was moderated by Keren Hayesod Director General Greg Masel and included the Israeli army Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alshech.
It culminated in a torch-lighting ceremony with the participation of Aaron Frenkel, a 2017 recipient of Keren Hayesod’s Yakir Award, whose mother survived Auschwitz, as well as Gil Gidron, the chairman of Keren Hayesod in Spain, a number of whose relatives were sent to Auschwitz and many of whom did not survive.
 
 

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