Auschwitz march to proceed as planned

March of the Living to honor the 1.5m. children killed in Holocaust.

holocaust painting 311 (photo credit: AP)
holocaust painting 311
(photo credit: AP)
The March of the Living will set out from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Monday afternoon as planned, it was announced Sunday. The annual march will take on a muted tone as Poland continues to mourn its president, Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash near Smolensk on Saturday.
On board were Kaczynski and his wife Maria, as well as many top figures in the country’s government, military and judicial system.
Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky and Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau will lead Monday’s procession, which marks 65 years since the end of World War II. 10,000 people from 40 countries will take part in the march, Jews and non-Jews alike. Tennis star Shahar Pe’er, actor Ohad Knoller, Ethiopian-born IDF officer Benzigizi Avraham and Holocaust survivor Sergei Souschon – an oleh from the former USSR – will join the procession.
“Leading the March of the Living is an honor both in the national sense and the personal sense,” said Sharansky. “Growing up, I knew almost nothing about the Holocaust and the resistance [to the Nazis], because the Soviet leadership did all it could to prevent us Jews from cultivating our identity and our memory of the Holocaust.”
This year’s March of the Living will be dedicated to the 1.5 millionchildren who were murdered in the Holocaust. As in every year, themarch will culminate with a memorial ceremony at Birkenau.
“In a year in which anti-Semitism in the enlightened world hasescalated and our international standing has become unstable, the Marchof the Living is to me the most meaningful response,” March of theLiving chairman Dr. Shmuel Rosenman said in a statement released Sundaymorning. “The thousands of participants in the March of the Living,Jews and non-Jewish, are the answer to all those who choose to forget.”