Mid Atlantic Region
ADULT MOTL 2018
Tenative Date: APRIL 8-22
Why the March? The March of the Living Mid Atlantic 2018 delegation is a special adult only group focused on reflection – participants confront difficult realities, experience the contrast of joyful celebration, and gain insight from a myriad of backgrounds to return home with a renewed sense of Tikkun Olam.
What Our Marchers Are Saying:
...Around each corner I founda 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.
Rabbi Fred Guttman of Temple Emanuel in Greensboro, North Carolina has led the Mid Atlantic delegation of the March of the Living over 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.
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.