MOTL: March of the Living
MOTL 2015 APRIL 12-26 (approximate dates)
Mid Atlantic Region
Why the March? The March of the Living is a life-changing program embracing Jewish heritage in remembrance of the Holocaust and in celebration of a vibrant future in Israel.
Start Planning: Contact your local Jewish Federation, Jewish Family Services, and synagogue about scholarships for your trip.
FAQ: High school students who will be in the 11th and 12th grades in 2015 are eligible to participate. A series of Pre-Course classes before the trip is required for students. There will be an interest session in the Fall of 2014.
What Our Marchers Are Saying:
...Around each corner I found
a way to relate what I was seeing
to experiences in my life.
…Our linked arms became a defiant act
proving that we are still here.
…Before this trip, I couldn’t imagine the
complexity involved in the camps.
Amanda Tadlock, Mid Atlantic Registrar
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1129 Jefferson Road | Greensboro, NC 27410
facebook: March of the Living Mid Atlantic
Rabbi Fred Guttman of Temple Emanuel in Greensboro, North Carolina has led the Mid Atlantic delegation of the March of the Living on twelve Marches. The March of the Living is an educational program in Poland and Israel joined each year by thousands of Jewish teens, adults and Holocaust Survivors from around the world along with many other people from diverse faiths and background, including the Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, and Hindu traditions. Students whose communities have experienced historic persecutions also participate, such as survivors of the Rwandan genocide, First Nation students and African Americans.
The March of the Living focuses around two Marches - one 3-kilometre walk from Auschwitz from Birkenau on Yom HaShoah, is a silent tribute to all victims of the Holocaust designed to contrast with the death marches, which began towards the end of World War II, and continued virtually up until the Third Reich’s last days. The Nazis forced approximately 750,000 prisoners, almost half of whom were Jewish, on to the death marches. The March of the Living serves as a hopeful counterpoint to the experience of hundreds of thousands of Jews and others forced by the Nazis to cross vast expanses of European terrain under the harshest of conditions where many of them perished.
After spending a week in Poland visiting other sites of Nazi persecution and former sites of Jewish life and culture, participants travel to Israel the following week to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day and walk a second March through Jerusalem on Yom HaAtzmaut.
2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the March of the Living. It is also the 70th anniversary of the heroic Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and a special effort it being made to include resistance fighters and education about resistance in the 2013 March. Since the first March of the Living was held in 1988, over 150,000 youth from around the world have marched down the same path leading from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Past Marches Online:
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MOTL 2012 | MOTL 2013 | MOTL 2013 Concert Fundraiser
International March of the Living Website