About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Honoring the Holocaust Victims: Thousands March at Auschwitz

by Kathy Jones on April 29, 2014 at 8:04 PM
Font : A-A+

 Honoring the Holocaust Victims: Thousands March at Auschwitz

As a mark of respect for the Holocaust victims at the former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in southern Poland, several thousand Jewish youths from Israel and other countries marched on Monday.

The annual March of the Living was held this year for the 23rd time and dedicated to the many Hungarian Jews killed at the camp 70 years ago, as well as to the late Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg who saved thousands of Budapest Jews.

Advertisement

The mournful wail of the "shofar" -- a traditional Jewish ram's horn symbolising freedom -- marked the beginning of the march in the southern Polish town of Oswiecim, where Nazi Germany built its most notorious death camp in 1940.

Participants passed through the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Will Set You Free) gate at Auschwitz, the older part of the camp, before making the two-mile trek to Birkenau, the main extermination site.
Advertisement

The youths were joined by Holocaust survivors, as well as Tel Aviv's Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau and Israel's Supreme Court Chief Justice Asher Grunis.

The Nazis deported around 430,000 Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944, according to the museum at the site of the former camp.

Some 330,000 of them died in the gas chambers.

Auschwitz-Birkenau has become an enduring symbol of Nazi Germany's genocide of European Jews, of whom one million were killed there from 1940 to 1945.

More than 100,000 non-Jewish Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war, homosexuals and anti-Nazi partisans also died at the camp in occupied Poland before it was liberated by Russian forces in January 1945.

Source: AFP
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Contraceptive Pills in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Curtail Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Mushroom May Help Cut Down the Odds of Developing Depression
How to Battle Boredom during COVID
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.


Recommended Reading
Depression
Depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting approximately 340 million people in ...
Senior Citizens Get Tech Savvy
By getting tech-savvy, senior citizens are fostering new engagements, bringing in positive change .....
Holistic Management for Depression
Depression is a common disorder and many worldwide suffer from depression. Early recognition of ......

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use