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Israeli Air Force marks 20 years since symbolic flyover of Auschwitz

On Sept. 4, 2003, three “Eagle” (F-15) IAF planes flew over the former Nazi-run extermination camp.

The Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland on May 10, 2017. Photo by Isaac Harari/Flash90.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland on May 10, 2017. Photo by Isaac Harari/Flash90.

The Israeli Air Force on Monday marked the 20th anniversary of its historic flyover of Auschwitz.

On Sept. 4, 2003, three IAF “Eagle” (F-15) fighter jets flew over the former Nazi-run extermination camp in Poland, where more than one million Jews were murdered during World War II.

“We rose from the ashes of millions of victims, carrying their silent cry, saluting their heroism and promising to be a protector of the Jewish people and their country, Israel,” said the IAF pilots who made the flight at a ceremony on Monday.

In August 2020, a joint drill by the Israeli and German air forces included a historic flyover above the Dachau concentration camp, in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.

Eleven Israeli athletes and coaches were murdered during the 1972 Summer Olympics in an attack carried out by the Black September Palestinian terrorist group.

The ongoing debate over the failure of the Allies to bomb Auschwitz continues to inspire anger and controversy to this day.

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