‘Let there be light’ lights up cities and synagogues around the world

Jerusalem, November 9, 2021 – On the night of November 9-10, 1938, the Nazis organized for 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 rise in anti-Semitic incidents and hate crimes around the world, the International March of the Living launched the global initiative ‘Let There Be Light’ in which individuals, institutions and places of worship of All religions leave their lights on during the night of November 9, as a symbol of mutual responsibility and the shared struggle against anti-Semitism, racism, hatred and intolerance.

Buildings showcasing the initiative include the Jewish Community in Paris building located on Jerusalem Square, Thessaloniki City Hall, the Great Synagogue in Budapest, the Great Synagogue in Warsaw and the Old City Walls of Jerusalem.

A formal ceremony was held on the walls of the old city of Jerusalem. At the event, three Holocaust survivors who witnessed Kristallnacht as children were honored; Carol Kinderman, Uri Eshed, and Tirza Halivni. The survivors attended the ceremony with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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 feeling 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. “

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett: “Many years have passed since we needed the kindness of others to protect us from a cruel tyrant who slaughtered our people. Today, the Jewish People is the sovereign power in our historic homeland, a strong and prosperous state that, with its own strength, defends itself. Never again will we entrust our destiny to others. We will always be vigilant and defend ourselves, the eternal people, in Jerusalem, our eternal capital. ‘Am Yisrael Chai’ “.

Jerusalem – March of the Living ‘Let there be light’ initiative lights up cities and synagogues around the world (Courtesy)

Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, son of a Holocaust survivor: “History shows that Jews can be killed, but not the Jewish idea. Synagogue windows can be broken, but spirit cannot be broken behind them”. Israeli Minister for Diaspora Affairs Dr. Nachman Shai: “Tonight, 83 years for Kristallnacht, the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, the eternal capital of Israel, shine with pride, illuminated by the bravery of the survivors of the Holocaust and their families. I am here today because my family survived the Holocaust and, as Minister for Diaspora Affairs, I am excited to be involved in this special project. A little light repels much of the darkness. “

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

Thessaloniki Mayor Konstantinos Zervas noted: “The city of Thessaloniki participates in the global initiative ‘Let there be light’ of the International March of the Living, in honor of the memory of all the victims of the Holocaust and especially of the 50,000 innocent Jews of Thessaloniki. , 20% of the population of our city in 1943, who were deported and annihilated in the Nazi concentration camps. We do not forget. On the occasion of the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, we reaffirm our firm conviction in the fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred. For a more humane, more compassionate and brighter world. “

Greece - The 'Let there be light' initiative of the March of the Living lights up cities and synagogues around the world (Courtesy)Greece – The ‘Let there be light’ initiative of the March of the Living lights up cities and synagogues around the world (Courtesy)

The Chief Rabbi of Poland, Rabbi Michael Schudrich, noted: “A Jew remembers. In Judaism we have the commandment, the Mitzva, 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.’

Poland - March of the Living initiative 'Let there be light' lights up cities and synagogues around the world (Courtesy)Poland – March of the Living initiative ‘Let there be light’ lights up cities and synagogues around the world (Courtesy)Elie Korchia ‘, President of the Central Consistoire de France 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 ”.
France - The March of the Living initiative 'Let there be light' lights up cities and synagogues around the world (Courtesy)France – The March of the Living initiative ‘Let there be light’ lights up cities and synagogues around the world (Courtesy)

Phyllis Greenberg Heideman and Dr. Shmuel Rosenman, President and President of the International 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, as we turn 83 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 glowing warning sign against anti-Semitism that still blatantly rears its head. We congratulate the European countries participating in the “Let there be light” initiative for clearly remembering the past and supporting the common fight against anti-Semitism. We will continue to work to ensure that Never means never. “

Hungary - March of the Living 'Let there be light' initiative lights up cities and synagogues around the world (Courtesy)Hungary – March of the Living ‘Let there be light’ initiative lights up cities and synagogues around the world (Courtesy)



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