March of the Memory in Krakow

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Hundreds of people, including a large group of Israeli youths, marched through the streets of Krakow on March 11 in an annual commemoration of the thousands of Krakow Jews killed by the Nazis during WWII.

The March of Memory began at the Krakow Ghetto Heroes Square and threaded through the city to site of the former Plaszow Concentration Camp.


Wieslaw Starowicz, a deputy mayor of Krakow, stressed that “the huge suffering of Krakow Jews can’t be forgotten.” And the chairman of Krakow Jewish community Tadeusz Jakubowicz, himself a survivor of the ghetto, added, looking at the youth “we, old people, are not going to live forever, that’s why it is so important to pass the memory to young generations. I’m so happy you’re here”.

The Krakow Ghetto, where more than 16,000 Jews were imprisoned by the Nazis, was established on March 21, 1941. The ghetto was liquidated on March 13 and 14, 1943 when Nazis decided to move all people to the Plaszow Concentration Camp. The Jewish population of Krakow before the war was 65,000. Only 1,000 Krakow Jews survived the Holocaust.

Today around 500 Jews live in the city.

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