This afternoon, on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the exodus of the Macedonian Jews, the head of state – Branko Tsrvenkovski will receive a delegation of the Macedonian Jewish community and representatives of reputable Jewish associations and diplomats from Israel and the USA.
As reported, the delegation will be constituted of the ambassador and the honorary consul of Israel in Macedonia, Irit Ben Abba and Viktor Mizrahi, the director of the American-Jewish Committee from Washington – Andrew Baker, the executive director for the Jewish communities in the countries of the Southeast Europe Yechiel Bar-chaim and the president of the Macedonian Jewish community.
The exodus of the Macedonian Jews happened 63 years ago, on March 11th, 1943, when, in the action taken by the Bulgarian and German occupying army, 7,200 Jews from Skopje, Shtip and Bitola were brought to the temporary camp in the Skopje Monopol building.
From Skopje, they were deported to the Nazi death camp “Treblinka”.
In the gas chambers of the camp, almost all Jews deported from Macedonia were killed. Hardly two percents of 7.200 Jews survived the Holocaust.
Source: “Makfaks” March 13th, 2006