'Israel Will Not Rest in the Face of Auschwitz'

Rivlin sends message to March of the Living, noting Holocaust survivors are passing to the next generation 'the torch of life, and belief.'

Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar ,

President Reuven Rivlin
President Reuven Rivlin
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In time for Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday, President Reuven Rivlin sent a recorded video message to participants of the March of the Living, who heard his words at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.

Rivlin remarked on the poignancy of the march, as young Jews and non-Jews from around the world made the trek from Auschwitz to Birkenau with the last Holocaust survivors "who were here exactly 70 years ago."

"Bring life into the stories, the stories of those who were murdered for being Jewish, for being different," said Rivlin. He noted the Holocaust "survivors are passing to you the torch of life, of belief, of standing strong."

"The state of Israel will not rest in the face of all that is symbolized by Auschwitz - the desecration of human dignity born in the image of G-d," added the president.