Altogether 10,000 people are expected to visit Auschwitz on Yom
Hashoah, the international memorial day of the Holocaust, which is
observed on May 1.
The pilgrimage will be attended, among others, by Israeli
Ambassador to Hungary Aliza Bin-Noun, US Ambassador to Hungary April
H. Foley, Defence Minister Imre Szekeres and leaders of the
Hungarian Jewish Community.
Over one million (mostly Jewish) people were killed at
Auschwitz-Birkenau between 1940 and 1945, according to Polish
Over a third of those killed were Hungarian, deported from
Hungary between May 15 and July 9 in 1944.
Observing the occasion, participants march silently from
Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built
during World War II. The programme was established in the 1990s by
the government of Israel and worldwide Jewish organisations and
takes place annually in April for two weeks.