The Jewish Chronicle

Israel prepares for a virtual 73rd birthday

- BY JENNI FRAZER www.motl.org

HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS will be placed front and centre of a global online celebratio­n of Israel’s 73rd anniversar­y on April 15, under the auspices of the annual March of the Living (MOTL) project.

Normally, after the MOTL commemorat­ion at Auschwitz, participan­ts leave Poland for

Israel in order to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut in Jerusalem.

But this year, with only virtual ceremonies possible because of the pandemic, the MOTL communitie­s from 25 countries around the world have devised a programme featuring Holocaust survivors who helped to establish the state of Israel.

Athlete Henry Hershkovit­z, who survived the massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympics, will also take part.

MOTL president Phyllis Greenberg Heideman said: “This first-ever virtual celebratio­n for Yom Ha’atzmaut has been entirely produced by alumni of March of the Living, for the benefit of our global Jewish community and friends of Israel”.

Among those whose stories will be highlighte­d, for the first time in many years, is that of retired Brigadier General Dr Yitzhak Arad, a former chair of Yad Vashem, and one-time Soviet partisan — who fought in Israel’s 1948 War of Independen­ce and later in the 1967 liberation of Jerusalem. Avraham Carmi, an educator who was captured by Jordanian forces in 1948, will also feature.

MOTL representa­tives in Israel will stage a festive tree planting ceremony — and new immigrants who went to live in Israel after having participat­ed in an MOTL programme, will also feature in the event.

The screening is at 6pm UK time at

 ?? PHOTO: ALAMY ?? Henry Hershkovit­z
PHOTO: ALAMY Henry Hershkovit­z

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