JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israel Defense Forces Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz led the March of the Living in Poland on Monday.
Gantz led some 10,000 participants in the annual memorial march, the first time it's been led by a residing IDF chief of staff.
"The State of Israel is the safeguard against the recurrence of this horror," Gantz told participants, "and the IDF is the wall around the national home -- the haven for the Jewish people."
"I'm proud to head Israel's military as well as this delegation, which seeks humbly, while mourning the dead and honoring the survivors, to take responsibility for learning from the past and securing the future," he said.
The Polish Armed Forces welcomed the chief of staff Sunday morning at the Krakow airport, before he and his delegation visited several memorial sites, including Birkenau and Podgorze.