March of Life taking place near Kaliningrad in memory of Holocaust victims

March of Life is taking place in the Kaliningrad region

Mourning events commemorating the so-called March of Death, which was among the last Holocaust acts in 1945, are taking place in the Kaliningrad region.

Hundreds of residents of the Kaliningrad region, representatives of the authorities and the public, ad also foreign diplomats are taking part in the march of Life, which is devoted to an anniversary of one of the last Holocaust acts of WW II, the Kaliningrad Jewish community told Interfax. The people will walk over ten kilometers on the road leading to the settlement of Yantarny (former German Palmniken).

After that, a mourning rally will be conducted at the memorial to the victims of the 1945 March of Death.

That road was used by fascists to drive thousands of Jews who were prisoners of the concentration camp Stutthof in the early hours of Feb. 1, 1945. The emaciated people (women, children and old people) walked in a column in the freeze. Of the 7,000 people, only some 3,000 made it to Palmniken. But they were made to go into the sea and executed by shooting. The thirteen people who miraculously survived were able to tell the whole truth about this horrific crime and the March of Death.

This tragedy remained unknown to the general public for a long time. A memorial to the victims of the 1945 March of Death was installed on the sea coast in 2011. The monument is several women's hands that are stretched through the frozen ground to the sky, begging for help. The real numbers that fascists assigned the prisoners who were killed there are engraved on the monument.

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