Jews and Muslims Hold Joint Memorial at Auschwitz Nazi Death Camp in Poland

Jews and Muslims held a joint memorial ceremony on Thursday to mark the 74th anniversary of Nazi deportations from the Litzmannstadt ghetto to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland.

The event brought together religious leaders from both traditions, as well as Muslim and Jewish youth. It was organized by the Central Council of Muslims and the Union of Progressive Jews, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.

“We promise that with our strength, with the strength of our faith, we will work together so there will 'never again be Auschwitz,'” Aiman Mazyek from the Central Council of Muslims said at the ceremony.

“I am deeply impressed that Muslims and Jews are here together," Rabbi Henry Brandt said, adding that he hoped the young people attending would learn serious life lessons from visiting the site.

The commemoration ceremony was the main event of an educational tour organized by the Jewish and Muslim organizations, according to the broadcaster. Young Muslim refugees hailing from Iraq and Syria were among those who participated.

As far-right and nationalist groups have risen in prominence and popularity across Europe and the U.S., Jews and Muslims have raised concerns about increased hate crimes and threats against their communities. Back in April, photos of Muslim women donning Jewish kippahs over their headscarves in solidarity with German Jews after an anti-Semitic attack were widely shared by the media. The images came from a large demonstration in Berlin to support Germany's Jewish community following an anti-Semitic attack on two men wearing the traditional skull caps.

Last year in the U.S., many Jewish demonstrators joined with Muslims and Americans of all faiths to protest President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban that targeted several Muslim-majority countries. Images of a Jewish father holding his child on his shoulders next to a Muslim father holding his child on his shoulders during a protest became emblematic of the opposition movement.

After the ban was upheld by the Supreme Court in June, with some modifications from the original executive order, Jews again joined with Muslims as some 5,000 people gathered in New York to protest the ruling.

“Growing up, I heard stories from my mother of a large boat of refugees fleeing the Holocaust who were turned away from the United States by the president,” a public school art teacher, whose own family fled Nazi persecution, told Israeli newspaper Haaretz at the demonstration.

“It's very similar to today. There were quotas on Jews, and many would have escaped the Holocaust” if they'd been allowed to enter to the U.S., she said.