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Why visiting Auschwitz doesn’t have to be a harrowing experience

Darren Richman | Independent

Can humour help heal Holocaust survivors? Maybe, says Darren Richman. As the ‘third generation survivor’ visits the concentration camps of Poland, he finds that comedy can be a useful shield.

‘Sikh’ means ‘to learn’, and that’s what I did on the March of the Living

Jasvir Singh | The Jewish Chronicle

Jasvir Singh explains what went through his mind as he took part in the memorial walk to Auschwitz.

My faith was strengthened searching for meaning in the horror of the Shoah

Margaret Cave | Jewish News

Margaret joined the largest ever British delegation to March of the Living of nearly 300 participants across 9 buses. The group were privileged to be joined by 8 survivors. This was the first year it included a group of senior British faith leaders, and here is her experience of the emotional trip to Poland.

I’m not Jewish – which is why I had to join the March of the Living

Lord Shinkwin | The Jewish Chronicle

Lord Shinkwin, Conservative peer, explains why his bond with the surgeon who saved his life compelled him to take part

Young Britons come face to face with the Holocaust

Jenni Frazer | The Times

No one can properly understand why the Shoah [the Holocaust] took place. No one has the right to rationalise it . . . God only knows why it happened,” says Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, who was in Crakow, along with 250 young British people, for the annual March of the Living. This event, which attracted 11,500 people from all over the world, traces the steps of the death marches out of Auschwitz to the desolate wastes of Birkenau, three-and- a-half kilometres away.

A Song of Hope from Bergen-Belsen

Jenni Frazer | The Times of Israel

Krakow, Poland — Over a time span of 70 years and a lifetime of pain, suffering and survival, British Jews marked the anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen on Holocaust Remembrance Day Thursday at a March of the Living event in Krakow. During the 1945 ceremony, some of the survivors broke into song — their voices frail and quavering — singing a familiar melody but with unrecognisable words.

Celebrating life the Nazis couldn’t kill

Rosa Doherty | The Jewish Chronicle

"Arbeit macht frei" - "work makes you free" - is known around the world as the notorious sign over the gates of Auschwitz, where 1.1 million prisoners were murdered by the Nazis. But last Thursday a different message rang out, as 11,000 people marched through those gates, chanting "Am yisrael chai" - the nation of Israel lives.

March of the Living: Chief Rabbi’s profound challenge

Jenni Frazer | Jewish News

At the airport, Ziggy Shipper, a scarcely believable 85, flirts with anyone within arm’s reach. In just a week in Poland, Ziggy, once a native of Lodz and now as proud a Briton as anyone – “I’ve been to four Royal Garden parties!” – has managed to win the hearts of all 250 British participants in this year’s March of the Living.

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