Macedonian Jews commemorate Holocaust deportations

The Jewish Community in Macedonia observed on Friday the 73rd anniversary of the deportation of 7,148 Macedonian Jews to the Treblinka death camp.

Delegations from the Jewish community, parliament, government, diplomatic corps, political parties and citizens laid flowers at the site of the Monopol transit camp.

“Everyone was brought to the Monopol transit camp in the early dawn. History is full of tragedies, but the Holocaust remains the standard of the biggest evil possible. It includes data, numbers and reports. These are not numbers, these are people”, said Jewish community president Berta Romano-Nikolic.

On 11 March 1943, Macedonian Jews were imprisoned in a provisional transit camp established in the government tobacco warehouses in Skopje. Over three days, 22, 25 and 29 March 1943, 7,148 Jews, some 98 percent of the Jewish population in Macedonia, were deported to the Treblinka death camp in occupied Poland.

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