Ghost Tram to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day
An empty Ghost Tram will pass through Warsaw on Thursday and Friday, marked with the yellow star of David, as part of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Ceremonies marking the day will focus on Warsaw this week, with candles laid at the monument to the heroes of the wartime ghetto uprising.
Thursday's ceremonies, which come under the patronage of President Bronislaw Komorowski and president of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, are due to start at 4.30 pm.
“For me, the main aim of the event is the cultivation of memory,” said Mrs Golda Tencer, director of the Szalom Foundation that is co-organising the commemorations.
“I am from the second generation after the Holocaust, and we want to speak in the name of those who cannot do so,” she expanded.
Mrs Tencer is hoping that Varsovians will respond to the initiative to light candles in their windows at 6 pm on Thursday. The foundation has also prepared symbolic candles that can be activated on Facebook.
International Holocaust Day began in 2005. The date chosen is the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps on 27 January 1945. Today, Germany pledged 60 million euros for the upkeep of the two-part museum.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Church announced that the beatification process for the Ulm family, which perished whilst attempting to save Jews from the Nazis, is nearing completion.
On the morning of the 24th March, 1944, German soldiers ransacked the house of Jozef Ulm from Markowa, near the town of Lancut. The soldiers shot eight Jews hidden by the Ulms, and then proceeded to execute the family, including six children, according to German laws regarding aid given to Jews. (nh)
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