Ten thousand expected at March of the Living
PR dla Zagranicy
Some 10,000 young Jews from over 40 countries are to take part in the March of the Living at the former German Nazi Auschwitz death camp in southern Poland on 5 May.
Photo: Flickr.com/Adam Tas
According to organizers, they will be joined by a group of Poles along a 3km-long route.
In line with a long-standing tradition, the march begins with the wail of the Jewish ram’s horn, the shofar, which symbolises freedom.
The March of the Living is primarily an educational project coinciding with Holocaust Memorial Day.
As part of the project, Jewish school and university students visit Jewish cemeteries and sites of death camps which were established by the Germans on occupied Polish territory during World War II.
The students learn about the history of Polish Jews and meet their Polish peers and Polish recipients of Righteous among the Nations medals for saving Jews during the war.
In 2005, the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the March of the Living drew 20,000 people and official delegations from almost 50 countries.
Prominent politicians who have taken part in the event include Polish and Israeli presidents and prime ministers. This year, the March of the Living will be held for the 25th time.
Over 1.1 million people perished at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, mostly European Jews, but also Poles, Roma, Soviet POWs and people of other nationalities. (mk/pk)