WATCH: Virtual March of the Living kicks off, hailing doctors during Holocaust and now

The March of the Living begins its main Holocaust Memorial Day virtual event, broadcast online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The “virtual march” is led by President Reuven Rivlin, Holocaust survivors, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion, Jewish Agency chair Isaac Herzog, KKL chair Avraham Duvdevani, and Rabbi Israel Meir Lau.

Thousands of people usually take part in the march on the grounds of the former Auschwitz death camp, which had been run by Nazi Germany, in Poland. This year, participants from across the globe were filmed using innovative 3D technology so they appear to be marching along the traditional route.

This week’s march is dedicated to medical professionals who saved the lives of Jews during the Holocaust — often at a personal risk — and linking it to the work of doctors during the current pandemic.

The event organizers say doctors “served as rays of light during the Holocaust,” adding: “We salute the relentless commitment of the selfless professionals facing today’s world health crisis.”

The organizers add that among those marching are doctors, nurses, and paramedics including Israel’s coronavirus czar Prof. Nachman Ash, whose parents were doctors during the Holocaust; Prof. Idit Matot, director of anesthesia in Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital; Galia Rahav, head of the Infectious Disease Unit and Laboratories at Sheba Medical Center; Magen David Adom director-general Eli Beer; and Haim Freund, CEO of Ezer Mizion who is marching with his mother, Holocaust survivor Tzipora Freund.