International March of the Living 2021

International March of the Living 2021

This year's March of the Living decides to commemorate the courage and persistence of medical workers who gave a glimmer of hope during the Holocaust. The event will be led by the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, Holocaust survivors, the Mayor of Jerusalem Mosze Lion, the chairman of the Jewish Agency Icchak Herzog, the chairman of the KKL Avraham Duvdevani and Rabbi Israel Meir Lau.

Among the survivors of the Holocaust, there are people who survived thanks to the disinterested actions of health workers. Virtual March participants from around the world were filmed using innovative 3D technology to give the impression that they were walking along the traditional route of the March of the Living in Auschwitz-Birkenau. As a tribute to health workers who risked their lives in the Holocaust, this virtual program will be attended by numerous medical associations from around the world, including the World Health Organization, as well as those at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.

The marchers will include doctors, nurses and paramedics, including:

  • Nachman Ash - Second Generation of Holocaust Doctors Who Leads Israel's Medical Front Against Covid-19
  • prof. Idit Matot - Director of Anesthesia at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv and Galia Rahav - Head of Infectious Diseases and Laboratories at Sheba Medical Center
  • CEO of MDA Eli Bin
  • and Haim Freund CEO Ezer Mitzion, who walks with his mother, Holocaust survivor Tzipora Freund

Virtual March will premiere on Thursday, April 8 at 2:00 PM, followed by a global broadcast at 10:00 ET / 4:00 PM CET / 5:00 PM ISR, followed by an online commemoration ceremony with the first memory torch lit by President Rivlin.

As Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said: "We all have a duty to pass the memory of the Holocaust to future generations, not to forget, not to let it be forgotten. During this pandemic, we must not walk on the cursed earth, saturated with the blood of six million of our people. But we have never made a vow to ourselves. not to forget and not to let go. Technology allows us, each of us, to participate in the March of the Living without leaving our home, and at the same time contribute to the remembrance of the Holocaust and its victims. We must use all the tools at our disposal to fight racism, anti-Semitism, and attempts at denial. We must continue our march.

One of the most touching aspects of the March of the Living is the possibility of placing a commemorative plaque with a personal message on the railway tracks in Birkenau.

The audience is invited to take part and place their personal message virtually against the backdrop of the infamous railroad tracks at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

On the official website,  anyone can express solidarity with the March of the Living and place a virtual message without leaving home. 

To post your message, click on the link below:

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