67 YEARS SINCE HOLOCAUST OF MACEDONIAN JEWS
The Macedonian Jewish Community marks Wednesday 67 years from the deportation of Macedonian Jews to Nazi camp Treblinka.
The anniversary from the tragic event will be marked in Stip and Bitola, where Jewish Community delegations will lay flowers at the monuments of deported Jews and fallen World War II fighters, along with signing of cooperation memorandums with the two municipalities.
The Skopje events will be held on Thursday with laying of flowers before the monument of Macedonian Jews and visit of Butel cemetery. Commemorative program will be held at the Drama Theatre in the evening, addressed by Macedonian Jewish Community president Bjanka Subotic and Israel's ambassador David Cohen, followed by theatre play "Railroad for the Icy Spring" by Tomislav Osmanli, directed by Nela Vitosevic.
In the framework of the Holocaust observance, book "Jews from Monastir, Macedonia" by Schlomo Albocher was promoted in gallery Daut Pasin Amam on Tuesday evening.
Moreover, the Macedonian Holocaust Fund signed memorandums of cooperation with the City of Skopje and several institutions and organizations, aimed at providing assistance for the completion and structuring of the Skopje-based Holocaust Memorial Center.
Upon a decree by the Bulgarian government, almost all Jews, i.e. 98 percent of the Jewish population in Macedonia, were arrested on the night between March 10 and 11. They were taken to the place of the current Tobacco Company, which was then a temporary concentration camp. Majority of Jews came from Bitola, Skopje and Stip. After being stripped of their property, along with confiscation of jewelry and money, they were loaded into trains and transported to death camp Treblinka in occupied Poland, where they were immediately executed. According to estimates, about 900,000 people were killed in the camp during World War II.