US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman will lead this year’s the March of the Living on Holocaust Remembrance Day. He will be joined by the US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell; US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher and Special Envoy against Anti-Semitism Alain Carr.
The March of the Living is an annual educational program that brings people from all over the world to Poland and Israel. As part of the program, various delegations of young Jews and non-Jews visit ghettos, monuments and death camps, that culminates in a march between Auschwitz and Birkenau.
After that participants continue their journey from Poland for a week of education in Israel. There they participate in Memorial Day ceremonies for the fallen Israeli soldiers and celebrate Israel’s Independence Day
The march aims to instill in the younger generation the history of the Holocaust and instill in them values of tolerance, acceptance of others, and mutual accountability.
Since the first parade in 1988, more than 250,000 participants from 52 countries have marched the 3.2 kilometers between Auschwitz and Birkenau in memory of those who died in the Holocaust
In this year’s march participants will be rallying under the slogan ‘Say No To Antisemitism’. It focuses on the global rise of anti-Semitism that has significantly increased in the last two years.
2018 saw the most anti-Semitic hate crimes since 1994 according to a report by the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs,
“Unfortunately, studies have shown that in the United States and Europe about half of young people have never heard of Auschwitz before. One of our goals here in this march is to raise awareness”, said Dr. Shmuel Rosenman the president of the March of the Living.
”We are here to say in a clear voice: “Never again. We are walking to remind the world of the horrors and lead a global movement against antisemitism” he said.
Along with the thousand that will march, many living survivors of the Holocaust will be present to tell their stories.