France joins the March of the Living initiative in commemoration of Kristallnacht

On the night of November 9-10, 1938, the Nazis organized the murder of Jews and the burning of 1,400 synagogues and Jewish institutions in Germany and Austria as part of the ״ Kristallnacht ״ pogrom. This event is one of the pivotal moments that led up to the Holocaust. To commemorate this historic event and to protest the increase in anti-Semitic events and hate crimes, the International March of the Living launched the global initiative ‘Let There Be Light’ in which individuals, institutions and places of worship from all religions leave their homes. lights lit during the night of November 9, as a symbol of mutual responsibility and the shared struggle against anti-Semitism, racism, hatred and intolerance.

In addition to the screening at the Jewish Community building in Paris located in Jerusalem Square, messages from around the world will be screened at the City Hall of Thessaloniki, the Central Synagogue in Poland, the Old City Walls in Jerusalem, the Great Synagogue in Budapest. and the Great Synagogue of Warsaw.

Israel’s President Isaac Herzog welcomed the initiative, commenting that, “Among the horrors of the Holocaust, a central and painful place is reserved for Kristallnacht, the terrible pogrom against the Jews of Germany and Austria that symbolizes the point of inflection in the extermination of European Jewry. The night of Kristallnacht heralded the crossing of a fateful line, the signal to renounce all restraint. In one night, an underlying sentiment of anti-Semitism became the open expression of many. We are all engaged to fight and uproot every incarnation of anti-Semitism. We will continue to do everything we can to remember, commemorate and ensure that such horrible events are a thing of the past, and only of the past. “

The European Commission coordinator to combat anti-Semitism, Katherina Von Schnurbein, said: “Eighty-three years after Pogrom night-time anti-Semitism is on the rise, attacks on Jews are still a reality. The European Union is united and determined to roll back anti-Semitism through words and actions and ensure the safety of all Europeans, regardless of their religion or beliefs, ethnic identity or skin color. “

Élie Korchia ‘, president of the Consistoire de Paris. (Credit: Courtesy)
Elie Korchia ‘, president of the Paris Consistoire commented: “The murder of hundreds of Jews and the destruction of 1,400 synagogues and Jewish religious institutions during Kristallnacht in 1938 marked the beginning of the mass extermination of more than six million Jews by the Nazis. We must combat the scourge of anti-Semitism and combat hatred of Israel. We must be united to carry our torch of strong and clear light against the dark ages ”.

Joel Mergui (Credit: Courtesy)Joel Mergui (Credit: Courtesy)

Joel Mergui, president of the Paris Consistoire, president of the European Center for Judaism and honorary president of the Consistoire Central de France: The murder of hundreds of Jews and the destruction of 1,400 synagogues and Jewish religious institutions during Kristallnacht in 1938 marked the beginning of the mass extermination of more than 6 million Jews by the Nazis. We must combat the scourge of anti-Semitism and combat hatred of Israel. We must be united to carry our torch of strong and clear light against the dark ages.

Dr. Shmuel Rosenman, president of the March of the Living.  (Credit: Courtesy)Dr. Shmuel Rosenman, president of the March of the Living. (Credit: Courtesy)

Dr. Shmuel Rosenman, President of the March of the Living, said: “The International March of the Living organization has been dedicated to educating about the Holocaust and fighting anti-Semitism. Tonight, 83 years since “Kristallnacht”, we call on the world to stop, even for a moment, to remember the horrors of the past and to put up a bright warning sign against the anti-Semitism that it still blatantly raises. head. I congratulate the European countries participating in the “Let there be light” initiative for clearly remembering the past and in support of the common fight against anti-Semitism. We will continue to work to ensure that Never means never. “



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