77 years ago, German forces began the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto. Today, a thousand people marched to commemorate the tragic events.
“The memory of the Holocaust bestows a duty on us, a duty to fight for everyone’s right to be different. To be different though equal,” said Anna Azari, the Israeli Ambassador.
The March of Remembrance went from the site where Umschlagplatz, the place where Jews were loaded into the trains going to the death camps, once stood, to Waliców Street.
Around 1,000 people took part in the March, among them Paweł Śpiewak, the head of the Jewish Historical Institute and Tadeusz Deszkiewicz, advisor to President Andrzej Duda.
On July 22, 1942, the Nazis began deporting most of the Jews imprisoned in the Ghetto to death camps. In two months the Germans killed some 260,000 people, mostly in the gas chambers of the Treblinka death camp.
Some 35,000 Jews were allowed to stay in the ghetto, with an additional 25,000 living there in hiding. Most of them were killed in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in April 1943. The vast majority of the Jews imprisoned and killed in the Warsaw ghetto, were Polish citizens.