Testimonials from past participants:

Jordan W.“There is no way that you could emulate this trip at any other times in our lives. This is the time”

Zoe W. – “It was very weird being there, especially being at the concentration camps, walking on the same floors the Nazis walked on, being in the living quarters of the Jews and then seeing the gas chambers and crematorium. It was all very emotional. People at school and at the synagogue had told me this was a life-changing trip, and now I know what they meant. For years, I’ve learned about the Holocaust, seen the Holocaust movies and heard Holocaust survivors talk — but images from this trip will stay with me a long time. I am so grateful I was able to go.”

Nadav D. – “We arrived in Poland on a dark, rainy day, the next few days, it was shocking to see the ghettos, the camps and the memorials, and it was sad to see where so much Jewish history and culture was destroyed so quickly. When we came out of the gas chambers, our group stood in a circle, crying. We talked about how important it was to experience this, so we could tell people how important it is to remember. I think all Jews should have this experience.”

Gavriela F. – “It’s like being at a funeral … We were mourning for the people who were destroyed there, people who had once thrived. The day of the march, however, was not mournful. It was really cool to be in the first group, to lead the march. It felt like we were defying Hitler’s goals — because we’re still here.”

David B. – “We were marching into the future together, keeping the memories alive”

Zander R. – ” The many know few and the few know a lot, but at least everyone knows what happened here.”

Briana I. – “Walking into Birkenau, you hear and feel the screams of millions of dead people within your heart.”

Bailey B. – “You never really understand anything until you have walked in the other person’s shoes.”

Remy S. – “The proudest moment as a young Jew, besides my Bat Mitzvah, that is, has been walking and participating in The March of the Living. As one of the liberators stated: You must go home and share what you have witnessed; never hate… That is what led to this atrocity.”

Sarah T. – “We will never forget.”

Jessica L.  – “There’s so many conflicting emotions. We grieve for those who died, yet we can’t help but be happy to be part of something bigger than us, something that will leave a mark.”

Aliza A. – “This is such an empowering experience. Being able to show the world that the nazis did not win, and that I will always be here to tell my grandparents’, as well as all the other victims’ stories, is an extremely satisfying feeling. I will never forget.”

Danielle L. – “The feeling of unity and responsibility was empowering and overall indescribable. It was amazing to feel the connection with not only other teens, but also the generations before us, and I know we will carry on the legacy that the survivors and liberators have left for us.”

Ruth Z. – “The trip affects teens in a meaningful way, they leave as teens and come back as adults, with a renewed appreciation for Israel.”

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Ode to Poland, 2018

Poem created by participants on the 2018 March of the Living

I am proud to be a Jew and that my children’s children will never forget the Holocaust

Love is worth dying for because passion lasts

It is truly amazing to see that out of such evil and pure darkness, the Jewish faith can survive and flourish

We are not victims, victimization is a mindset and it is our job as Jews to thrive and enjoy the nation that our ancestors never saw as a reality

Thank you Poland for the memories, the Jewish pride and the hard work to rebuild

To my lost brothers and sisters, you are with me forever and always

When you hear a witness, you become a witness

We are not just back, we’re back and better than ever

Our bond and resilience only grows stronger

A week of the highest highs and lowest lows reminding me of my Jewish community and family

We need to keep the flame of survival alive and continue to keep equality strong

Poland gave me a lifetime experience I will never forget

A time of loving and learning

I will never forget friends like these

Never ever ever again, we are the future and with our knowledge becomes everyone else’s knowledge

Jerusalem is our capital- It will be forever

I learned that the atrocities of the human spirit can lead to hope, and the importance of not being a bystander

We live to be free- that is how we honor G-d and those who were sacrificed on the altar of hate

I will take all this new information and treasure it forever

It is now our duty to tell their story

To pay respects to those innocents that perished and emphasize that this must never happen again

We have learned about the tip of the iceberg, but we all experienced everything beneath the surface

While I always tried my absolute best to be kind and compassionate to all who I come in contact with, this week in Poland reminded me of just how important it was to have that habit

The Jewish people will never forget the Holocaust because they will never forget

The children smiled and waved an the people said to us there is hope

To remember never to forget does not mean we are victims, we are survivors who build and carry on

Never again starts with the youth- and the youth are strong!