'Reconciliation ceremony'
Photo: Courtesy of Yad Ezra Coalition
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, MK Lia Shemtov
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Nazis' descendents march with Holocaust survivors

Some 50 decedents of Nazi SS and Wehrmacht officers will be taking part in 'reconciliation march' with Holocaust survivors through Poland's extermination camps

Their relatives massacred the Jews, and now they are marching together with Holocaust survivors to commemorate the tragedy.


Over 50 members of the German delegation are descendants of members of Wehrmacht, police, or SS, who were directly involved in the annihilation of Europe'sJews. They will join together with the survivors in a 'reconciliation march' that will make stops at Poland's extermination camps.


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The 420 participants met Monday at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, the starting point of the march which will go through Treblinka, Kielce, Warsaw, Sobibor, Chelmno, Majdanek and Belzec. A memorial ceremony will be held at each of the sites.


"הם גילו את הקשר הטרגי". אושוויץ-בירקנאו, אתמול (צילום: באדיבות קואליצית יד עזרה לישראל)

At Monday's ceremony (Photo courtesy of Yad Ezra Coalition) 


The idea to hold the event was raised last year during a convention in honor of the aid offered by evangelical Christian groups to Holocaust victims. Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, MK Lia Shemtov (Yisrael Beiteinu) who was behind the Knesset convention will be representing Israel in the march.


The main ceremony will take place in Warsaw on Thursday. MK Shemtov said she was very excited to be the keynote speaker at the event. "These are incredible teenagers who discovered their tragic connection with the Jewish people and decided to follow this truth while seeking forgiveness and absolution from the Holocaust survivors," she noted.


(צילום: AFP)

(Photo: AFP) 


In her speech Shemtov will state that "they say that children should not bear their parents sins as a mark of Cain.


"Sadly, the memory of the acts of the Holocaust haunts you even now when you, the next generation are exposed to the rising anti-Semitism in Europe, radical Islam's burning hatred and you, young men and women, who are the same age as 1.5 million children who were slaughtered in the Holocaust say 'no more!'"




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