The International March of Life organization is holding for the third year in a row the traditional memorial event to mark Kristallnacht. Parallel events were held in Dubai and Vienna, the capital of Austria
Published on: 9.11.22 19:24
Let’s remember and not forget: today, 9.11, 84 years ago the events of Kristallnacht broke out – in which pogroms against Jews were held all over Germany. To mark this important day in both Jewish and world history – the International March of Life organization held the traditional memorial event under the name “Let There Be Light” – an event that takes place for the third year in a row with the projection of messages of hope on the walls of the Old City.
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The purpose behind the events to mark Kristallnacht is to “remember the past, the biggest warning sign that the world ignored in a way that later led to the outbreak of the Holocaust, alongside raising awareness of the current reality of anti-Semitism, intolerance, prejudice and racism that exists today in the world, towards Jews and non-Jews, Through participation in a cross-community educational effort that will be joined by people of all religions and backgrounds,” according to the organizers.
It should be noted that in addition to the exciting event in Jerusalem, the International March of Life organization held two parallel events – one in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates – the first event of its kind in a Muslim country – and Vienna in the capital of Austria.
As mentioned, this is the third year in a row that the event takes place with the projection of messages of hope and remembrance on the walls of the old city. The screening of the messages was accompanied by a moving ceremony in which Holocaust survivors who witnessed Kristallnacht, Walter Bingham and David Tsitsovitz, were honored.
“I remember everything. I remember how the Nazis destroyed the synagogue in my yard,” said Holocaust survivor Tsitsovitz. “I remember the sun beating down on the synagogue that fought the Nazis so they wouldn’t enter the synagogue, but he still couldn’t prevent them from setting it on fire and burning it down. I remember how the Jewish shops in the neighborhood had the word Jude written on them, and that the inscriptions couldn’t be removed or cleaned. I remember how They smashed the shop windows and looted them. I remember how the Hitlerjugend children waited for us every day after school just to beat us. It’s important to me to speak to what happened, so that they don’t forget.”
Among the messages of hope that were projected onto the walls of the Old City, a personal message from Mayor Moshe Leon was projected, which read “It is our duty to be dedicated to the commemoration of the Holocaust, and to continue to tell about the horrors of the past. When I look at the rising anti-Semitism around the world, I understand that we must not be silent and stop for a moment , but to continue fighting for the memory of our brothers and sisters who perished in the Holocaust.”
Chairman of the International March of Life organization Dr. Shmuel Rosenman: “For the past 35 years, the World March of Life organization has been working to educate Jews and non-Jews about the Holocaust and its lessons, and the importance of fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred. This year, to mark the 84th anniversary of the Kristallnacht events , a clear and unified call will come out from Jerusalem, Vienna and Dubai: only together can we defeat hatred and only together can we ensure that never-never means never-never again.”