March of the Living in Polish cemetery_370.
(photo credit: Yossi Zeilger)
Eleven thousand young people will take part in this year’s Holocaust Remembrance
Day activities at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland under the auspices
of the March of the Living program.
The participants, who are mostly
Jewish, hail from over 50 countries, including Morocco, Turkey, France, the
United States and Canada, said march spokesman Yoram Dori.
participating in this year’s remembrances at the death camp will be IDF Chief of
Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, former chief rabbi Israel Meir Lau, World
Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder and Zvi Ravner, Israel’s Ambassador to
March of the Living is an education program that brings
high-school youth to Poland for a week of touring Nazi death camps, followed by
a week in Israel. Participants march silently from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the
largest death camp built by the Germans.
Following their tours of the
death camps in Poland, the youth from the Diaspora will arrive in Israel in time
to take part in both Remembrance Day, commemorating the fallen of Israel’s wars,
and Independence Day.
Five hundred survivors are also slated to take
part, accompanying the March of the Living groups and telling them of their
personal experiences during the war.
March of the Living founder and
chair Shmuel Rosenman said that this year a “special effort” was made to enable
young people to hear testimonies firsthand from the dwindling population of