The Israeli President, Isaac Herzog, has arrived in Poland for a one-day visit to attend the main ceremony commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The President will hold meetings with his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during his visit. The ceremony at the POLIN Museum will be attended by the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Holocaust survivors, and descendants of the ghetto fighters. Herzog will also visit the bunker used by Mordechai Anielewicz and other fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto. In the evening, he will attend an event at the Nożyk Synagogue alongside the presidents of Poland and Germany before holding a meeting with Steinmeier.
Herzog’s visit to Poland comes after Israel observed Holocaust Remembrance Day. During the opening ceremony at Yad Vashem, the Israeli President referred to the current period as a time of “majesty, mercy, and truth” leading up to Israel’s 75th Independence Day. He called on citizens of Israel to come together in partnership, grief, and remembrance, leaving disputes aside during the sacred days. Herzog praised the spirit of the Israeli people who overcame the forces of tyranny during the Second World War and the Holocaust survivors who serve as a source of inspiration and hope. Photo by Mark Neyman / Government Press Office, Wikimedia commons.