Poland 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 Warsaw (Nożyków), messages from all over the world will be screened at the City Hall of Thessaloniki, the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Great Synagogue of Budapest and the building of the Jewish community in the Jerusalem Square. Israel’s 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 A 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. All we are committed to fighting and uprooting every incarnation of anti-Semitism. We will continue to do everything we can to remember, commemorate and make sure such horrible events are a thing of the past, and it happened alone. “

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 reverse anti-Semitism through word and action and to ensure the safety of all Europeans, regardless of their religion or beliefs, ethnic identity or skin color. “Poland’s Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Michael Schudrich noted: “A Jew remembers. In Judaism we have the commandment, the Mitzvah, to “remember what Amalek did to you.” This is a decided demand for all generations. Many lessons can be learned from the Holocaust and rebirth from the ashes. Perhaps the most important message is unity. They just have to be together, they have to help each other. There is no obligation to agree with all Jews. But there is a duty to help all Jews. Remember Kristallnacht and all the devastation that comes after that night and remember that you must be ‘one people, with one heart.’
Dr. Shmuel Rosenman, President of the March of the Living (Credit: Olivier Fitoussi)

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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