22nd July, 1942 is one of the most tragic dates in the history of the residents of the Polish capital. On that day massive deportation to Treblinka began.
Within three months, approximately three 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 Little Smugglers, kids risking everything to smuggle some food in to the Ghetto, on whom often depended lives of their families an many more. As a Survivor, Ludwik Hirszfeld said: “These kids prolonged the lives of half a million inhabitants of the [Jewish] district by a year. If one will ever erect a monument to the dead, it will be this heroic child, who deserves it most of all. On this monument one should engrave these words: To unknown child – a smuggler”.
This March of Remembrance is dedicated to them and at the same time to all, often anonymous, victims of the Nazi genocide.
The March of Remembrance 2015 begins at 6pm on 22nd July, 2015 at the Umschlagplatz Monument.
Rzecznik Praw Dziecka – min. Marek Michalak
Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich POLIN
Gmina Żydowska w Warszawie
Dzielnica Śródmieście m.st. Warszawy
Dzielnica Wola m.st. Warszawy