22nd July, 1942 is one of the most tragic dates in the history of the residents of the capital. On that day massive deportation to Treblinka began.
Within three months, around four hundred thousand defenseless people were deported and murdered. The Jewish quarter was reduced to forty thousand people, who lived to see the ghetto uprising.
We want the memory of the deportation of defenseless inhabitants of the Warsaw ghetto to be constantly present and therefore we organize the March of Remembrance on the anniversary of that event.
The first march was dedicated to Janusz Korczak and other children brought up in a children’s home, as well as those who were murdered in Treblinka. The theme of the last year’s March was the life story of Maria Eisenstadt, an extremely talented singer, who voluntarily joined her father being taken to the Umschlagplatz.
This year, the March is dedicated to Emanuel Ringelblum, his wife Judyta and son Uriel on the 70th anniversary of their death. Hidden in the bunker in Grójecka, they were informed on and a few days later, in March 1944, shot among the ruins of the ghetto.
Emanuel Ringelblum formed a unique research team called Oneg Shabbat (Joy of Saturday), who for more than two years collected information on the Jews of Warsaw and entire occupied Poland. The most of the Archive survived and is stored in the Jewish Historical Institute.
Emanuel Ringelblum’s legacy includes also a few great works: „Notes from the Warsaw Ghetto” and a book dedicated to the Jewish-Polish relations. He created the memory of the Jews of the whole world. The collection of documents was to show not only the fate of the Jews but also, what he would emphasize, their honor and strength while suffering.
This March of Remembrance is dedicated to him and at the same time to all, often anonymous, victims of the Nazi genocide.
The 2014 March of Remembrance begins at 6pm on 22nd July, 2014 at the Umschlagplatz Monument.
Route of the March: Stawki, Karmelicka, Dzielna, Jana Pawła II, Nowolipki.