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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Polish, Israeli presidents take part in March of the Living

  |   President Andrzej Duda met on Thursday with his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin President Andrzej Duda met on Thursday with his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin President Andrzej Duda met on Thursday with his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin President Andrzej Duda met on Thursday with his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin President Andrzej Duda met on Thursday with his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin President Andrzej Duda met on Thursday with his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin President Andrzej Duda and his Israeli counterpart took part in the March of the Living at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp President Andrzej Duda and his Israeli counterpart took part in the March of the Living at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp The March of the Living at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp The March of the Living at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp The March of the Living at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp The March of the Living at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp President Andrzej Duda and his Israeli counterpart took part in the March of the Living at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp Polish President: We meet to say 'never again' Polish President: We meet to say 'never again' Polish President: We meet to say 'never again' Polish President: We meet to say 'never again' Polish President: We meet to say 'never again' President Andrzej Duda, speaking at the former AuschwitzII-Birkenau German extermination camp, said: by our presence here we want to express our feelings and pay homage to the victims

Polish President Andrzej Duda and President of Israel Reuven Rivlin were attending the March of the Living on the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp to honour Holocaust victims. "By our presence here we want to express our feelings and pay homage to the victims," said Polish President.

 

The march ended with a ceremony in the Auschwitz camp's Birkenau section.

 

  • "It is absolutely nobody's intention to block testimony"

Before the march President Andrzej Duda met with his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin. Polish President said that nobody has the intention of blocking testimony, even if it is difficult, as he referred to Poland's new anti-defamation law.

 

The president noted that during World War II, the Polish underground state imposed the death penalty on those who gave Jews away, but admitted Poles had behaved "in various ways."

 

"We have to talk about it and it is absolutely nobody's intention to block testimony," President Duda added, "including that testimony which is difficult."

 

The president expressed hope that his meeting with his Israeli counterpart would send a message of "no more Holocaust" to the world, as well as strengthening ties between Poland and Israel, including in the sphere of security.

 

 

 

 

  • "We Poles consider it our duty to carry testimony about the Holocaust to the world"

After that President Andrzej Duda and his Israeli counterpart took part in the March of the Living at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Following the march, the two presidents will take part in a ceremony by the Monument to the Victims of Fascism in Auschwitz Birkenau.

 

Some 12,000 Jewish and Polish youth took part in this year's march. The march takes place on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and covers a three-kilometre route from the camp's infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" gate to the Birkenau site, which housed the camp's two main gas chambers.

 

See also: Address by the President of the Republic of Poland Mr Andrzej Duda during the March of the Living in Auschwitz President Andrzej Duda, speaking during the main ceremony held at the International Monument to the Victims of Fascism in Birkenau, said: "We have met in Auschwitz II-Birkenau, the German death camp, which is a symbol and synonym of the Holocaust for the entire world and the whole of mankind."

 

"Nazi Germans committed the greatest crime of genocide in history here," the Polish head of state stressed, adding that the suffering experienced there by the Jewish people surpasses human comprehension and human imagination.

 

"By our presence here we want to express our feelings and pay homage to the victims," said the Polish president.

 

"My presence at the March of the Living together with the Israeli head of state is a token of tribute the Republic of Poland pays to the victims of German genocide and its concern for their commemoration. We Poles consider it our duty to carry testimony about the Holocaust to the world, and we did this while the Holocaust was still in progress," said Andrzej Duda.

 

 

 

 

The internationally-attended March of the Living takes place annually along a three-kilometre route from Auschwitz to Birkenau (southern Poland), the largest Nazi concentration camp complex built during World War II.

 

The first march was held in 1988. Each year the event is held on Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

 

The Germans established the Auschwitz camp in 1940, initially for the imprisonment of Poles. Auschwitz II-Birkenau was established two years later. It became the site for the mass extermination of Jews. There was also a network of sub-camps in the complex. The Germans killed at least 1.1 million people at Auschwitz, including about 960,000 people of Jewish descent. (PAP)

 

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