FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 2, 2019
Evan Lips, communications director
617-523-5005 ext. 245
The Massachusetts Republican Jewish Committee and the Massachusetts Republican Party wish to thank President Trump for sending the first-ever United States delegation to the March of the Living in Poland, a day that coincides with Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The March of the Living is a procession from the infamous gate of the Auschwitz concentration camp to the entrance of the Birkenau death camp, three kilometers away. The march includes Holocaust survivors and their families, as well as youth groups, civil society organizations, and government officials.
The march takes place on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which began at sundown last night and concludes at sundown tonight.
At today’s march, Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog warned that “Jews are once again unsafe on the streets of Europe,” according to the Times of Israel, which also reported that a crowd of more than 10,000 participated in the march.
“Jews cannot be murdered in Pittsburgh and San Diego or anywhere,” Herzog added. “Let us heed the warning and take to heart the lessons of the Holocaust.
“World leaders must unite with zero tolerance for hate crimes, of any kind.”
Each year thousands of participants march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp complex built during World War II. The March of the Living, in contrast to the death marches of the Jews during the Holocaust, serves to illustrate the continued existence of the Jewish people despite Nazi attempts at their obliteration.
“As Anti-Semitism is on the rise, we are proud to see the Trump Administration stand shoulder-to-shoulder in support of the Jewish people,” said Marty Lamb, vice chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Jewish Committee.
The United States delegation, led by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, also included U.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher; U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell; U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Callista Gingrich; U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Lichtenstein Ed McMullen; U.S. Ambassador to Spain Duke Buchan; Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism Elan Carr; and Chairman of the Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad Paul Packer.