Polish president Andrzej Duda
Polish president Andrzej DudaYossi Zeliger/Flash90

Polish President Andrzej Duda said that Poland would continue to educate the world about the horrors of the Holocaust during his address at the annual March of the Living on Holocaust Remembrance Day Thursday.

"We come here together - Jews, the nation of survivors, and Poland, the nation that was also brutally persecuted by Hitler’s Third Reich in order to jointly pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust," he said.

Duda said that the survival of the Jewish people was a victory over the Nazi regime. "We come together because we do remember and want to pass on the truth about what happened here to future generations. We come together to demonstrate that the demonic plan of the Germans, who wanted to wipe out the entire Jewish nation, and who failed."

"The extermination claimed 6 million lives, including 3 million Polish citizens of Jewish descent. But the Jewish nation has survived. Our joint presence in this place is a sign and a proof of the victory of life over death, the victory of memory over oblivion.

"The land of Poland - a blessed place which for centuries welcomed Jews from abroad feeling persecution turned into the place of the Shoah ominously prepared by the Germans.

"We, Poles, consider it our duty to spread the testimony about the Holocaust across the globe. We were doing it already at the time Germany was executing it.

"My presence here today, at the March of the Living, together with President Reuven Rivlin, for whose participation I am deeply grateful, is a sign of tribute paid by the Republic of Poland to the victims of the German genocide and a testimony to their memory.

"Today we look with respect, admiration and affinity at the State of Israel, which will celebrate the 70th anniversary of it's declaration of independence in one month's time."