A group of grandchildren of Nazis, along with Holocaust survivors and their descendants, were taking part in a march across Poland with former Nazi death camps along their route this week, AFP reported.
The march was organized by the Protestant TOS Church in Tuebingen, Germany, after many in the church began looking into their family history and discovered Nazi family connections.
“We want to speak up for Israel and against anti-Semitism, but obviously as Germans you can’t do it without looking into your own families because of their involvement,” Heinz Reuss, an organizer with TOS, said.
Zbigniew Judasz, a local Polish organizer, further explained the church groups’ motivation.“ They would like to ask for forgiveness for what their grandparents did in order to break a kind of conspiracy of silence on these acts in Germany,” he said.
The symbolic march began on Aug. 20 at Auschwitz and will culminate Aug. 24 at Treblinka. On their journey, participants will also visit the Nazi death camps of Belzec, Majdanek, Sobibor and Chelmno.