Macedonia marks 75th anniversary of deportation of Jews

Macedonia marks 75th anniversary of deportation of Jews
A Jew puts his arms on a freight wagon, during a commemoration for the victims of the Holocaust at the railway station in Bitola, southern Macedonia, on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Thousands of people have joined a march in southern Macedonian town of Bitola, commemorating 75 years of deportation and destruction of almost entire country's Jewish community in the Nazi extermination camp Treblinka, during World War II. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia is holding a second day of commemorative events to mark the 75th anniversary of the deportation of almost all of the country’s Jewish population to a Nazi death camp.

A total of 7,144 Jews from the capital, Skopje, and cities of Bitola and Stip were confined to ghettos in March 1943 before being deported to the Treblinka death camp in German-occupied Poland.

Ninety-eight percent of them died there.

On Monday, Prime Ministers Boyko Borissov of Bulgaria and Deniz Zvizdic of Bosnia joined a “March of the Living” rally in Skopje. Relatives of Holocaust victims traveled to Macedonia from Israel, Latin America and the United States.

Macedonia’s parliament also convened for a special session dedicated to the Holocaust victims.