LFI vice-chair Sharon Hodgson MP and LFI parliamentary supporter Andrew Gwynne MP have this week joined the March of the Living 2023, an annual Holocaust memorial event that culminates in a march between the site of the Nazi German death camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland.
The four-day trip began in Krakow with visits to the site of the Krakow Ghetto and the historic Jewish district of Kazimierz. They also visited Krakow’s Jewish Cultural Center to learn about the re-birth of Jewish culture in Poland since the fall of communism.
Sharon and Andrew also visited the town of Lancut to learn about Jewish life in Poland before the Second World War, and paid their respects at the site of the mass killing of Jews and Poles at Zbylitowska Gora near Tarnow.
Near Kraków, Sharon and Andrew toured the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Here, they heard testimony from a number of Holocaust survivors about their harrowing experiences before taking part in the March of the Living itself. That evening, Sharon jointly lit a candle in memory of the six million victims of the Holocaust, while Andrew spoke about his experiences on the trip.
On the penultimate days, Sharon and Andrew visited the site of Majdanek death camp before attending a moving memorial service in the historic shul in Lublin.
On the last day, Sharon and Andrew visited Warsaw, where they visited the site of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Polin museum of Jewish history.