Sunday, October 16, 2016

Grand Duke Remembers First Deportation of Jews

Photo: Chris Karaba / Luxemburger Wort /
This morning, a commemoration for the first deportation of Jewish people from Luxembourg took place in the Grand Duchy. On October 16, 1941, 323 people were brought from Luxembourg's central station to Ghetto Litzmannstadt in Łódź, Poland. Only twelve of them survived the horrors of the Nazi rule. It was the first of seven deportations of Luxembourgish Jews until June 1943. 

Among those participating in the commemoration was Grand Duke Henri. Together with President of the Jewish community Claude Marx, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and President of Parliament Mars di Bartolomeo as well as students he placed 323 suitcases at the main station to remember those deported 70 years ago today, whose names were read aloud. They also heard witness reports about the day and the Grand Duke met with the families of the victims.

More pictures at Wort and RTL.

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