Speaking during the March of the Living at Auschwitz-Birkenau Polish death camps to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Rivlin told President Duda that Israel would never forget the thousands of Righteous among the Nations, but Poles, along with many other ordinary citizens across Europe, collaborated in the Final Solution.
“The people of Poland produced thousands of ‘Righteous among the Nations.’ Men and women who put their own lives and the lives of their dear ones at risk for the sake of others. And they too are remembered, and we will remember and honour each of those men and women forever,” Rivlin promised.
“Nevertheless, it is impossible to deny the truth. The Nazi death machine would not have been able to achieve its terrible vision, if it had not received help; if it had not found a fertile ground of hatred for Jews, in which to take root,” he continued.
The two presidents also met before joining thousands of young Israelis and Jews from elsewhere in the world in their March of the Living.
Every year for the past 30 years, thousands of people from around the world have come together in Poland for the March of the Living to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day.
This year, 12,000 participants marked the historic 3.2 kilometer march with Holocaust survivors from Auschwitz to Birkenau in memory of the millions who perished in the Holocaust and proclaimed, “Never again.”