Yesterday, at the Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto in Warsaw, the official commemoration of the 17th International Holocaust Memorial Day took place.
This year’s celebrations, organized by the Shalom Foundation and the Jewish Theater of Ester Rachel and Ida Kamiński Jewish Theater – Yiddish Culture Center under the honorary patronage of the Mayor of Warsaw Rafał Trzaskowski, began with the El Malei Rachamim prayer. The Warsaw Ghetto Museum was represented by its director Albert Stankowski.
Every year, representatives of state and local authorities, embassies, social and religious organizations gather in Warsaw to mark International Holocaust Memorial Day. All laid flowers during the ceremony at the Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto (January 27, 1:00 p.m., Zamenhofa St. / Sendlerowa St.). The support and participation of representatives of the Catholic Church and other religious communities in the ceremony is a very important accent that underlines the spiritual dimension of this event. Representatives of different denominations and churches said the ecumenical prayer for the murdered.
Moreover, on this occasion an empty historical streetcar with the Star of David appeared on the streets of Warsaw. It is an allusion to a streetcar, which was intended for Jews during the German occupation and passed through the capital.
On January 27, 2022 from 12:00–18:00, as every year on this day, a historic streetcar with the Star of David drove on the streets of Warsaw. The empty vehicle was symbolized by a streetcar that ran in the Warsaw Ghetto. It is intended to remind the residents of the capital of the Jewish neighbors who were murdered in ghettos and death camps during the World War II. The streetcar ran along Narutowicza Square – Marszałkowska St. – Stawki St. – Popiełuszki St. – Metro Marymont – Okopowa St. – Zawiszy Square – Narutowicza Square.