1000 join March of The Living in Lithuania

After attending educational seminars about rising antisemitism in Europe, 1000 young people participated in the march.

September 23, 2019 21:19
1000 join March of The Living in Lithuania

1000 people participate in a March of the Living-led march through Ponary Forest in Lithuania. (photo credit: MARCH OF THE LIVING)

On Lithuanian Holocaust Memorial Day, 1000 participants and graduates of "March of the Living" from across Europe marched through the Ponary Forest where 70,000 Jews were murdered in World War II.

National Memorial Day for the Genocide of Lithuanian Jews is observed on September 23, the day that the Vilna Ghetto was liquidated in 1943, sealing the fate of the Jews living there, most of whom were either murdered in Ponary or sent to extermination camps.

The march through Ponary Forest serves as a response to the death marches from the Ponary Railway Station to the mass graves where many were murdered.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, and Speaker of the Lithuanian Parliament, Viktoras Prankietis, joined the march.

Shmuel Rosenman, Chairman of the International March of the Living said “This march exists, in tandem with two days of educational seminars and the attendance of so many young people who came here on Lithuanian Holocaust Memorial Day is an essential response which faces the rising waves of hatred around us."

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