Holocaust: March of the Living
Marches in the 21st century are still a viable social force and draw people from around the world to various annual events all in support of their specific cause. The pro-life march entitled “March for Life” is one such annual event that marches in support of life and against the abortion of unborn babies. Israel celebrates a Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom HaShoah). This year on April 15, 2015, thousands of young Israeli teens will travel to Poland to participate in the “International March of the Living.” Young Jewish teens and Holocaust Survivors will gather to take part in this March of the Living, walking three kilometers silently from Auschwitz to Birkenau.
Auschwitz is located in Oswiecim, Poland. At the end of WW II, it spanned over several camps: Auschwitz I, Auschwitz II, Birkenau and Auschwitz III (Monowitz). The Germans built and operated up to five different crematorium buildings each housing multiply crematories including gas chambers. Jews gassed to death had their bodies piled on top of each other into crematories. Eventually, the systematic extermination process shifted completely to the Auschwitz II-Birkenau building, which housed four crematories under one roof. By 1942, only 10% of Jewish transports to Birkenau were registered and processed through to bunk assignments, making Birkenau the center of Germany’s extermination of Jews. The engineered extermination of Jews began in the summer of 1942 and was designed and built by Hitler’s storm troopers. At the end of WW II, due to the systematic destruction of evidence by Germans, it seemed only a confession of the Auschwitz commandant and living survivors were the only proof of Germany’s crimes. During the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz, Soviet Secret Service found architectural plans and documents in the ruins of Auschwitz only because in the German army’s haste to leave Auschwitz prior to the Soviets arrival one building was overlooked in their demolitions – the Auschwitz Central Administration Building including its files. After the discovery of the evidence, files remained virtually unknown to the world except to a few people who had access to the Soviets’ ‘Special Trophies Archive’. It was 45 years later, Professor Gerald Fleming, a renowned historian, gained knowledge of the hidden archives and only after sensitive diplomatic efforts, Professor Fleming gained access to the Auschwitz Central Building Administration files. These documents are confirmation and evidence that Germany’s death camps had been, planned, designed and built, for the sole purpose of exterminating Jews and their sympathizers. No longer could the world question the purpose of the unimaginable atrocities that occurred within Auschwitz-Birkenau during WW II.
The International March of the Living is an educational event, when young Jewish teens from Israel will gather with others from around the world to study and examine the history of the Holocaust. It is an annual event when the roots of prejudice and the humiliation, an earmark of intolerance, is studied and their search for comprehension of humanity’s capacity for hatred. The International March of the Living are silent footsteps speaking loudly and boldly to the world ‘Never Again.’
Many of the Holocaust survivors living in the House of Hope, supported by Loveisrael.com, are child survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Consider today giving a gift on behalf of someone you know or give a gift in memory of a loved one or consider giving a gift out of your love of Israel on behalf of one child survivor’s family member that never returned from Auschwitz-Birkenau. Lovers of Israel we can form a living connection between history past and future hope by forming a bridge of love. Together our hearts filled with love for Israel forms a bridge and crosses over time and history to reach those that need our loving support. Lovers of Israel join our march of the living and bring hope to the hearts of Holocaust survivors.