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April 8, 2017

The annual “March of the Living” is coming up soon

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , — furtherglory @ 3:20 pm

During the annual March of the Living, Jewish students from Israel, and from many other countries around the world, march from the gatehouse at Auschwitz-Birkenau to the International monument which is at the other end of the camp.

My photo of the Auschwitz-Birkenau gatehouse, taken from inside the camp

My 2005 photo of the International Monument

The first time that I ever visited Auschwitz was in 1998. I had  hired a tour guide who flew to Poland from New York City and met me at my hotel in Warsaw. She warned me, that if I ever wanted to come back to visit Auschwitz at some time in the future, that I should avoid the time when young people from Israel would be there for the annual “March of the Living.”

I took her advice and was never there during the annual “March of the Living”.  It is too late for me now — I will never get to see the Jewish victory march through what is left of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.

My 2005 photo shows another view of the International Monument

Today, I was alerted to the annual “March of the Living” in this recent news article in the Jerusalem Post: http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Elie-Wiesels-son-to-light-torch-at-March-of-the-Living-486497

The following quote is from the news article:

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The focus of this year’s event –the 29th of its kind– is how to preserve the memory and lessons of the Holocaust after the last survivor has passed away.

In the framework of the march, Ministers of Education from 12 European countries will participate in an unprecedented gathering on the eve of Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, organized by March of the Living organizers and the Austrian Federal Minister for Education, Dr. Sonja Hammerschmid.

“Every country and society has its own episodes of painful history, be it connected to events of mass violence, to colonialism or others” said Hammerschmid. “Austria and Austrian schools need to confront the long history of antisemitism, including before the rise of the Nazis, and especially the involvement of so many Austrians in atrocities during World War II – and foremost the Holocaust. We in Austria feel privileged to learn from the experiences of other countries – like Israel – and we gladly invite others to share ours.”

Over 10,000 youths from around the world will participate in the march, alongside an honorary delegation of 75 Holocaust survivors from different countries, the eldest of which is 103 years old.

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I wrote about a “ride for the living” on this previous blog post: https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/tag/ride-of-the-living/