Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Leads This Year’s ”March of The Living”

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I marches with other officials at the entrance of Auschwitz. Photo from Auschwitz Museum Twitter page

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and New Rome, Bartholomew I and Greece’s Speaker of the House Nikolaos Voutsis led this year’s thirty-first ”March of The Living” in Poland, to honor the victims of the Holocaust.

This year’s event is dedicated to the thousands of Greek Jews who tragically perished during the cruel Nazi regime of the Third Reich during the Second World War.

This year's March of the Living is dedicated to the memory of the Greek Jews who lost their lives in Auschwitz-Birkenau….

Posted by Ισραήλ στην Ελλάδα | Israel in Greece on Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Greek Jewish community was brought to the verge of complete extinction during WWII, as thousands of Jewish people were transported from Thessaloniki, Veria, Corfu, Zante and many other cities, villages and islands to Auschwitz in the early 1940s.

The vast majority of these Greek citizens died there in the hellish camp after enduring unspeakable conditions.

The Ecumenical Patriarch visited the sites where millions of people died, showing solidarity with the Jewish community all over the world who commemorate and honor the victims of the Holocaust on Yom Hashoah day, or the Day of the Holocaust, which is celebrated on May 2.