By COLlive reporter
Photos: Yossi Zeliger
One by one, people who survived the horrors of the Holocaust sat down to inscribe a letter in a new Torah scroll on the site that sought their destruction.
The event coincided with the annual March of the Living at the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz, Poland, last Monday.
The march brings together Jewish teenagers from around the world to learn about the Holocaust and the extinction of over 6 million Jews during World War II.
Chilean philanthropist and businessman Leonardo Farkas, who helps fund the march, has also commissioned a Torah to be concluded on site.
Israel’s former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Israel’s Supreme Court Judge Chanan Meltzer, Miami Shliach Rabbi Benzion Korf, Budapest Shliach Rabbi Shmuel Raskin and Krakow Shliach Eliezer Gourarie wrote letters.
“I’ve completed a few Torah scrolls in my life, in Germany, Switzerland, Florida and other places,” noted the Lubavitcher sofer Rabbi Schneur Vigler.
“It is always a moving event, from the personal and communal aspect, but it’s hard to find the words to describe the feeling of completing a Torah at a place where a third of the Jewish nation was annihilated.”
As the final words were being written, participants sang “Ani Maamin” with emotion and even tears. The Torah will be brought to the Kotel in Jerusalem on Israel’s Independence Day on Iyar 5.