Posted in MOL 2016 Blog on May 6, 2016
The day started off weird, with happy Jews in Auschwitz. It didn’t seem normal but nothing about the Holocaust was normal, even more then 70 years after liberation nothing can really be normal. There were hundreds of different stories waiting to be told for people to cherish. We all traded shirts, hats, scarves; everything you can imagine to celebrate that Jews still thrive all around the world. The Nazis didn’t win, they did not destroy us. Then the March started. It again was weird, seeing thousands of us walk in silence to remember who we are marching for and why they couldn’t be there to March. When we got to Auschwitz II Birkenau, it started to rain. It could not have fit the mood better. We were in this horrid place that had housed and still houses millions of tears. We continued to the Yom Hashoa service. It was truly inspirational, not only being there and listening to the MCs but to see everyone there attentive and just flooding in to the camp. A Survivor spoke and told his story while wearing his Auschwitz uniform and I have never been more moved by anyone before. The 6 torches were lit and we were on our way to the barracks to hear the most horrific and inspiring survivor story I have heard. We stood in what could have been Nate Leipciger’s barrack where he was with his father for 88 Days and he survived. Today was honest to god one of the best and inspirational days I have had in my life and it was truly worth it.