Meeting survivors of the Holocaust, like Sylvia Guttman,
whose parents were gassed in Auschwitz, particularly touched
me. I was moved by her
courage and bravery in sharing her story with us and in
educating others about the Holocaust
JULIET KARUGAHE, RWANDAN
The March of Remembrance and Hope is an outstanding educational
experience that profoundly emphasizes the common humanity
we all share and the priceless dignity we all deserve. Only
by honoring the memory of the victims of the Holocaust,
and by understanding the roots of prejudice - in others
and ourselves and seeing its catastrophic results,
can we hope to build a better world for all.
DR. LOIS SCULCO, S. C. ADMINISTRATOR,
NATIONAL CATHOLIC CENTER FOR HOLOCAUST EDUCATION
V.P. FOR ADMINISTRATION AND STUDENT LIFE, SETON HILL UNIVERSITY
Thanks for guiding us to see a side of history in a new
perspective; this was truly rewarding
it is imperative
that we all follow one agenda; to make the world as humane
and peaceful as possible, let us stand together and proudly
say keep hope alive.
POLISH UNIVERSITY STUDENT
The March of The Living offers a wonderful opportunity to
study the Holocaust and its legacy in the 21st century.
Follow-up meetings and online
discussion enable participants to continue their learning
and sustain friendships made during the march. The experience
DR. MARY JOHNSON PHD, NATIONAL SENIOR
PROGRAM ASSOCIATE, FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES
What I saw and heard in Poland during the March was so transformative
that I still have a difficult time finding words to describe
PROF. THEODORE PULCINI, DICKINSON COLLEGE
The trip turned out to be as much thought-provoking as it
was emotionally draining. I came face-to-face with the utter
fragility and the extraordinary resilience of the human
being. I experienced the ease with which human beings are
able to demonize and dehumanize other human beings
after going through such horrid and hideous experiences
I witnessed the victims' ability to not only continue to
but also to create dynamic communities.
The trip to Poland ... forced us all
to transcend our religious ... political ... and cultural
boundaries in order to bear witness to the common humanity
we all share ... the common humanity that speaks in the
language of life and death ... hope and despair ... joy
and pain ... acceptance and alienation ... This common humanity
is what should unite us when injustice is inflicted upon
any one of us ... on the basis of these differences. This
is not to eradicate the differences ... but to transcend
them when there is a need to embrace a higher ideal.
AYESHA SIDDIQUA CHAUDHRY, MUSLIM CANADIAN
The trip to Poland has been an experience that I shall never
forget. Now I understand more clearly the role that we need
to play in educating our families and our perspectives communities
on the highly relevant and pressing issues on racism and
anti-Semitism that occurred and continue to occur in this
world we live in.
"Never Again" is a mission
that has become the passion of my life. occurred and continue
to occur in this world we live in."
"We must teach children to value
life, their own and others, and to pass on these values
to future generations."
THIERRY KAGUBARI, RWANDAN CANADIAN
I felt a deep sense of loss in Poland; a loss in humanity
for the sacredness of life. My faith in the human race deteriorated
a little more with each death camp we visited. [But] my
deep sense of loss was accompanied by something greater;
something that restored my faith. It was accompanied by
hope [which I found] in my fellow participants. Each of
my companions has a gift of giving me the ability to attempt
to make a difference. .......The camp [Auschwitz-Birkenau]
that was once run by savage murderers was now over come
by people who condemned such acts of evil. This gave me
hope that one day we shall overcome. I hope that it does
the same for you.
TRISHA LYNN COWIE, IRISH-OJIBWAY CANADIAN
The most transformative moments of my trip were those spent
with people who endured the horrors of the Holocaust. The
survivors' passion and drive were unlike those I've ever
encountered in any other human beings.... Without the slightest
sign of fatigue, they shared with us deeply personal stories
with universal implications about human suffering, perseverance,
One moment.... left a particularly lasting
impression on me, took place at the closing ceremony in
Birkenau. Against the backdrop of barbed wire fences and
ruins of crematoria, the survivors were getting ready to
light the candles for Kaddish. Each stepped forward and
read out the names of his or her family members who perished
at the hands of the Nazis. One woman approached the microphone
but was unable to speak. She stood in front of us and cried.
Another survivor came up to her and said, "Wait, don't
cry. Look! Look at them! They are here for you!" She
was right. I looked around me and I realised that with me
were hundreds of young people who wanted to learn, who wanted
to remember, who wanted to prevent things like this from
happening in the future. I gained hope by listening to them
and by sharing with them my own fears and insecurities.
I came to realise that this is the only route to hope. We
must listen; we must welcome opportunities to become exposed
to other cultures and to other peoples; and we must educate
each other. Hope can only be realised through mutual understanding.
Only through such an understanding can we promote knowledge
and diminish hatred. And then maybe, just maybe, will we
be able to say "never again"."
BART BONIKOWSKI, POLISH CANADIAN