An unforgettable and emotionally challenging five-day journey, a record 270 UK participants learnt about 1,000 years of Polish Jewry, visited mass murder sites and met members of the local Jewish community prior to making the 1.5 mile march alongside 12,000 people from Auschwitz 1 to Birkenau.
Addressing this question elicited a different response each time it was asked. Depressing? Horrifying? Shocking? After visiting Majdanek, Belzec, Auschwitz-Birkenau and the ghettos of Krakow and Warsaw whose communities were brutally destroyed there, no answer I provided could ever truly explain the overwhelming experience of March of the Living.
The more I learned, the less I understood. I am standing in the WIZO cafeteria, in a queue at the soup tureen. The lady in front of me ladles rich vegetable broth into her bowl and I do not need to pray that there will be sufficient vegetables left in the soup to sustain me. No, I don’t need to think about that at all. Yet I do. Why?