B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
B’nai B’rith International commends the Knesset for planning to hold a special legislative session at Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, the largest Nazi death camp, on Jan. 27, the 69th anniversary of the camp’s liberation. Sixty-four members of Knesset, along with numerous Israeli ministers, Holocaust survivors and politicians from around the world will take part in the Polish government’s annual ceremonies on the site of the camp.
The historic visit—also occurring on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a date selected to coincide with the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—by the Knesset-led delegation cannot be understated. For members of the Israeli legislature and Holocaust survivors to stand on the killing floor of the Nazis’ factory of genocide is a powerful message of perseverance of the Jewish people and a necessary reminder of the evils that racial hatred can produce.
B’nai B’rith also commends its Polish counterpart, B’nai B’rith Poland, for its efforts to promote tolerance and ensure the memory of Holocaust victims is never forgotten.