AMAZING: Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Marked With Prayers From Jews AND Muslims (Video)

Written by Wes Walker on January 24, 2020

There are a lot of reasons in this broken world to be cynical. Here, for once, is a reason to be hopeful.

We often have the sad responsibility of reporting on sectarian or religiously-motivated violence.

Here, for once, we have good news to report about groups reaching across what might normally divide them.

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Here is a scene filmed in the most famous of the Nazi Death camps.

Muslim religious leaders joined members of a U.S. Jewish group at Auschwitz on Thursday for what organizers described as “the most senior Islamic leadership delegation” to visit the site of a Nazi German death camp.

The interfaith visit came four days before the 75th anniversary of the camp’s Jan. 27, 1945, liberation by Soviet forces and as world leaders gathered in Jerusalem to commemorate the Holocaust.

The secretary general of the Muslim World League, Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, and the CEO of the American Jewish Committee, David Harris, led the tour to the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial in Poland. The Nazis operated extermination and concentration camps in Poland when Germany occupied the country during World War II.

The American Jewish Committee said that Al-Issa, who is based in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, led a delegation of 62 Muslims, including 25 prominent religious leaders, from some 28 countries during the “groundbreaking” visit. At one point, they prayed with their heads pressed on the ground at Birkenau, the largest part of the camp and the most notorious site of Germany’s mass murder of European Jews.
Source: SFChronicle

The attendees included children of those who had suffered in the camps.

 

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