PRESS RELEASE: IJC to Partner with ‘March of the Living’ for Yom Ha’Shoah Events in Budapest & Auschwitz-Birkenau
THE ISRAELI-JEWISH CONGRESS
The Israeli Jewish-Congress (IJC) to partner with ‘March of the Living’
70 Years Since the Deportation and Destruction of Hungarian Jewry during the Holocaust
27-28th April 2014
Budapest and Auschwitz-Birkenau
[23rd April, 2014]: The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC) is proud to partner the ‘March of the Living’ (MOTL) Organization for the second consecutive year in the 26th Annual MOTL, which will commence 27th April 2014 in Budapest, before moving to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Poland.
2014 marks 70 years since the deportation & destruction of Hungarian Jewry during the Holocaust, where more than 550,000 Jews were murdered by the Nazis and their allies.
Of an estimated 800,000 Hungarian Jews alive at the beginning of 1944, at least three-quarters were murdered in the last year of WWII. Between one-third and one-half of all Jews murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau were Hungarian Jews, who were gassed within a period of only 10 weeks.
In commemoration of this tragedy, MOTL, together with the support of IJC, will hold a special panel of leading European Parliamentarians (from Poland, Greece, Spain and Belgium), who will speak on the topic: ‘Anti-Semitism in Europe, 2014’. The Panel, which will be held in Budapest, on 27th April, 2014, will be moderated by Prof. Irwin Cotler, a Member of the Canadian Parliament and world renowned International Human Rights Lawyer.
IJC will also lead a delegation of the Heads of University Student Unions from Europe and Israel, who will participate in the March and exchange in a dialogue about combatting anti-Semitisim and delegitimization of Israel on campuses in Europe, especially from the BDS Movement, and how to strengthen relations between students in Israel and Europe.
Following conclusion of official events in Budapest, participants will travel, by train, to Auschwitz-Birkenau, in a journey that will mirror the deportation of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. This will be a symbolic testament of the strength of the Jewish community, the continuation of Hungarian Jewry and to help affirm the pledge of “Never Again.”
Vladimir Sloutsker (President & Co-Founder, IJC):
“IJC is proud and honored to be working with the March of the Living Organization in the facilitation of these special & historic events, which come both at a crucial time in Europe, with anti-Semitism at record levels, including denial of the Holocaust and incessant vilification against the State of Israel, and on the occasion of 70 years since the deportation and destruction of Hungarian Jewry.
There has never been a more pressing time for European Parliamentarians and Students, our future leaders, to show a clear sign of their determination and willingness to fight anti-Semitism and the de-legitimization of Israel, and to honor the memory of those who perished during the Holocaust.”
For further information and media enquiries, please contact:
Mr. Arsen Ostrovsky
Director of Research, IJC
The Israeli-Jewish Congress is an Israeli-based organization devoted to promoting the principle of Israel as the State of the Jewish People and strengthening ties between Israel and the Diaspora. As part of that mission, we work closely with many Jewish communities in Europe, the Knesset and Government of Israel, and European Parliamentarians, to combat all forms of anti-Semitism and delegitimization of the State of Israel and promote the respectful and appropriate remembrance of the Holocaust.
[Featured photo credit: Israel Bardugo Photography / Israeli-Jewish Congress]