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March of Remembrance – Warsaw, 22 July 2020

On the 78th anniversary of the beginning of the great liquidation action of the Warsaw Ghetto, the Deputy President of the Institute of National Remembrance, Mateusz Szpytma, Ph.D., paid homage to Warsaw Jews murdered by the Germans in the Treblinka extermination camp.

The symbolic route  “from death to life” led from the Umschlagplatz monument and ended at 20 Chłodna Street in Warsaw, where Adam Czerniaków lived. This is also the place where a special artistic installation for Ribbons of Remembrance to be placed, with the names of murdered Warsaw Jews, is located. During this year’s March of Remembrance special emphasis will be put on commemorating Adam Czerniaków – an educator, social activist and journalist, city councilor of Warsaw, senator of the Second Polish Republic who was the president of the Judenrat in the Warsaw Ghetto. Adam Czerniaków committed suicide in protest against the mass deportation of Jews to Treblinka.

The march through the streets of Warsaw, which has been organized since 2012, is a tribute to the largest Jewish community in pre-war Europe –  300,000 Warsaw Jews murdered by the Germans in the Treblinka extermination camp. During this year’s march, organized by the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute and its partners, the symbolic route can be passed through individually. Unlike in previous years, the march will last not one day, but almost two months: from 22 July  to 21 September, which is a reference to the duration of ‘Grossaktion Warschau’.

 

 

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