Hungary 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 projection of the Great Synagogue of Budapest, messages from all over the world will be screened at the City Hall of Thessaloniki, the Central Synagogue of Poland, the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, the building of the Jewish Community of Paris located in the Jerusalem Square and The Great Synagogue in Warsaw. Israeli President Isaac Herzog welcomed the initiative and commented 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 turning point in the extermination of European Jews. 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 committed to fighting and uprooting all incarnations of anti-Semitism. We will continue to do everything we can to remember, commemorate and ensure that these horrific events are a thing of the past, and only 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. “

Andras Heisler, President of the Hungarian Jewish Community (Credit: Courtesy)

Andras Heisler, president of the Hungarian Jewish community, said: “Let us remember this date and what happened then. Let’s remember how many Jewish lives were broken and ended during the Shoah. Our mutual responsibility is to recover from losses to build bridges between communities and with other denominations. Always remember and never forget. “

Tamas Mester (Credit: Courtesy) Tamas Mester (Credit: Courtesy)

Tamas Mester, President of the Budapest Jewish Community, added: “Let us remember our dear brothers, the innocent, the elderly, children, men and women who lost their lives during the Shoah throughout Europe. We must recover and strengthen ourselves. We must bring light into our lives. We will never forget, but we will always remember. “

Yacov Hadas Handelsman (Credit: Courtesy) Yacov Hadas Handelsman (Credit: Courtesy)

Yacov Hadas Handelsman, Israel’s ambassador to Hungary commented: “The sounds of breaking glass signified not only a symbolic destruction of Jewish existence and all that it stands for, but also the destruction of European civilization.”

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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