March of the Living 2016 youth participants,
In less than two weeks, we will be leaving on our momentous journey - a multi-layered educational experience abound with opportunities.
The main motivation for going on this trip is to see, first hand, what happened to 6 million of our people. To a large extent, this is a journey into the imagination, as what we are looking for, no longer exists. To access this wealth of Jewish history and culture, we will go to the remnants of some of the sights where this tragedy took place, and we will use testimonies, diaries, eye-witness accounts and DVD’s to fill in the gaps. We will travel to some of the areas of great Jewish learning such as the Lublin Yeshivah, see some of the graves of great Jewish sages in the cemetery of Warsaw, and start to appreciate what was lost. We will go to 3 camps, where the magnitude of this murder will begin to be appreciated. We will meet Holocaust Survivors, Righteous Among the Nations, Polish Youth and hear heart-breaking as well as inspiring stories. We will constantly debrief what we are seeing, and we will debate some of the more nuanced and complex issues that arise.