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Apr 17, 2017

Thousands march through Budapest to remember victims of the Holocaust

The March of the Living began at the “Shoes on the riverbank” memorial honoring the memory of Holocaust victims killed on the banks of the Danube, where participants placed stones, candles and flowers. The memorial march led across the Chain Bridge to Clark Adam Square on the Buda side

Thousands of people marched through Budapest on Sunday afternoon to remember victims of the Holocaust.

March of the Living began at the “Shoes on the riverbank” memorial honoring the memory of Holocaust victims killed on the banks of the Danube, where participants placed stones, candles and flowers. The memorial march led across the Chain Bridge to Clark Adam Square on the Buda side.

According to MTI, the aim of the event is to allow participants to pay their respects to victims of the Holocaust together regardless of their religious and political affiliation and to express their commitment to solidarity and democratic political culture.

Speakers warned of the dangers of discrimination and growing anti-Semitism and the importance of remembering and learning the lessons of the past.

Gábor Gordon, chairman of the board of the March of the Living Foundation, said this year Easter Sunday coincides with the 6th day of the Jewish Passover and Hungary’s Holocaust Memorial Day, a national commemoration established in 2001 under the first Orbán Government.

More than 10,000 people participated in the event and about 18,000 followed the live broadcast on Facebook.