Today marks 80 years since the liquidation of the Macedonian Jews in Treblinka. Back in 1943, entire Jewish neighborhoods with their own tradition and culture in Skopje, Bitola and Shtip remained empty. As much as 98 percent of the Jewish population, ie 7144 Macedonian Jews, of which 1500 were children under 15 years old, were suffocated in the gas chambers of Treblinka, writes Hristijan Mickoski, the leader of VMRO-DPMNE in a Facebook status.
- This day means the systemic elimination of the Jewish population and is the blackest and saddest day for Macedonian history and Macedonia. There are numerous evidences for the fears of the liquidation of the Macedonian Jews by the fascist occupier who lost their lives in a cruel way, testimonies of their Golgotha, tragic fates, – he says.
He expresses regret for what the Jewish community was exposed to in the past, and that Macedonia and Macedonian citizens will never forget the sadness and suffering of these families.
- May this crime and painful past never be repeated, – says Mickoski.