The March of the Living is a program funded by Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA and by local UJA and CJA Federations.

2015 March of the Living Ceremony – Auschwitz-Birkenau – Holocaust Remembrance Day

2015 March of the Living International Yom Ha’atsmaut, Jerusalem Payis Arena, Israel, April 23, 2015, 1:00pm EST

Watch Live 2015 March of the Living Canada Yom Ha’atsmaut Ceremony in Mini Israel, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 12:00pm EST

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Watch Live 2015 March of the Living International March from Kikar Safra to the Kotel, Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6:30am EST

2015 March of the Living Yom Hashoah Ceremony in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Thursday, April 16, 2015

First Two Days in Israel, by Lauren Trossman (with Hayley Wagman)

1824789_origWe landed in Israel! We went straight to breakfast in a Bedouin tent and the food was amazing. We then drove to Masada and hiked up the Roman Ramp path. My group timed ourselves and finished the hike in 10 minutes! We then toured the ancient fortress and learned about the history of the Jews during the Roman times. We went to the edge of the cliff and shouted loudly as a group and heard our echo. Afterwards we took the cable car down and drove to a kibbutz on the Dead Sea. On the drive there it was interesting to see the line where the water used to be, and all the sinkholes in the area.

Once we arrived we ate lunch and had free time to shop and swim in the Dead Sea. Everyone played in the mud and enjoyed floating in the sea. We then drove to our wonderful hotel on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Majdanek, by Jordyn Selznick and Hayley Wagman

We started off the morning at 5:30am and made our way to Lublin. Lublin was approximately a 3 hour drive away from Warsaw. We arrived at an old Jewish Yeshiva that was opened in the prime of Jewish life in Eastern Europe. The Yeshiva was built in the 16th century, making it approximately 500 years old. We talked about how this was the first yeshiva ever that catered to students. They expected a lot from their students, making them memorise 200 pages of Talmud for the entrance exam. It started to rain so we got on the buses early and drove to Majdanek.

Majdanek was directly off the highway and is one of two death camps that is still intact. We got off the buses and began walking around the camp. The first place we went was the stone memorial outside the entrance of the camp. It is a ramp leading down to a set of stairs, which lead up to a large stone memorial. There was pathway in between two walls of the memorial that showed how close the camp was to the city. Once we walked into the camp we read passages from the book of a Majdanek survivor named Helena. We saw the showers where she washed herself, and the room where her clothes were disinfected. After, we saw the gas chambers where Helena’s mother died along with many others. The walls of the disinfecting rooms were still stained with blue Zyklon B.

March of the Living Survivor Testifies at Trial of Accused Nazi War Criminal Oskar Gröning

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