In 2023, the twelfth March of Remembrance will pass through the streets of Warsaw, commemorating the victims of the Warsaw Ghetto on the 81st anniversary of the “Grossaktion”, which began on July 22, 1942. This year, March is exceptionally scheduled for Friday, July 21. We are a partner in this event.
It’s been 81 years since the Nazi Germans began the so-called “Grossaktion Warschau” – a huge deportation of Jews to the extermination camp in Treblinka. From July 22 to September 21, 1942, from Umschlagplatz – the square at Stawki Street from which transportations to the gas chambers took place – as well as on the overcrowded trains going to the camp, and in Treblinka itself, nearly 300,000 Jews were murdered. As every year, we will pay tribute to the victims of deportation.
This year’s March of Remembrance will be dedicated to the resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto, which preceded the outbreak of the uprising on April 19, 1943. Contrary to popular belief, the uprising was not spontaneous, it was preceded by months of preparations for armed struggle and years of underground work: initially, underground organizations focused on education, publishing underground press and providing support to their sympathizers – with time, when the first news about the extermination of Jews on a mass scale, the organization of armed resistance began to be considered.
The March of Remembrance will be accompanied by the outdoor exhibition “Roots of Uprising. Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto”, which will present various circles of Jewish underground activists during the German occupation, their strategies, methods of operation, and the dynamics of cooperation. The story will revolve around the fate of several activists: representatives of various generations and political groups and environments. We want to show their joint effort and cooperation, but also the difficulties they faced.
The exhibition will take the form of a flower carpet overgrown with blooming plants of the Muranów district, which grew spontaneously in gardens and courtyards before the war, and then were the first to return to the rubble and are still found in the area today. The plants were selected on the basis of research by Prof. Roman Kobendza from 1945-1949.
The March will start on July 21 at 6 p.m. at the Umschlagplatz monument in Warsaw (10 Stawki St, on the corner of Dzika St) and will follow the symbolic route “from death to life”, which will end at the Square of the Home Army Scout Battalion “Wigry” (next to the Muranów cinema), where the exhibition “Roots of the Uprising” will be opened and an outdoor concert will take place.
The March of Remembrance will begin on July 21, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
At the beginning of the event, volunteers will distribute symbolic Ribbons of Remembrance with names of murdered Jewish deportees and refugees. The ribbons will be tied to the elements of the outdoor exhibition “Roots of Uprising”.
Organizer: the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute
Honorary patronage: The Honorary Patronage over the March of Remembrance was taken by the President of the Capital City of Warsaw of Warsaw.
EMOTL European March of the Living
Warsaw Ghetto Museum
POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Socio-Cultural Society of Jews in Poland
Polskie Radio Profram II
The exhibition “Roots of Uprising. Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto” is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway under the EEA Fund and by the national budget #EEAGrants #Funduszenorweskie #EEA #EEANorwayGrants