Today, the anniversary of the exodus of over 7,000 Macedonian Jews, who were deported to the Nazi death camps 63 years ago, will be marked by a number of commemorations in Skopje.
The mayor of Skopje – Trifun Kostovski will place flowers in the Tobacco factory in memory of the exodus, while in the afternoon, together with representatives of the Jewish community, he will visit the Memorial Centre of the Holocaust of the Macedonian Jews that is being built in the centre of Skopje.
Delegation of the Macedonian Jewish community will be received by mayor Kostovski in the afternoon.
In the night of March 11th, 1943, in the action taken by the Bulgarian and the German occupying soldiers, around 7.200 Macedonian Jews from Skopje, Bitola and Shtip were brought in the temporary camp – the Monopol building in Skopje. On April 1st of the same year, the Macedonian Jews were deported from this building to the “Treblinka” camp. Almost all Jews deported from Macedonia were killed in the gas chambers of this camp. Hardly two percents of the 7.200 Macedonian Jews survived the Holocaust.
Source: Makfaks, March 12th, 2006