March of the Living 2022 – date – April 28
This year’s March of the Living in Auschwitz-Birkenau, during which participants from many countries will commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, will be held on April 28. The march from Oświęcim to Brzezinka will take place for the first time after a two-year break due to COVID. 19 pandemic
March of the Living 2022
The March of the Living organization informs that eight Holocaust survivors will take part in the event, as well as approx. young participants (before the pandemic, the event attracted approx. 10,000 participants every year). They will walk together from the “Arbeit macht frei” gate in the former German Auschwitz I camp to the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau.
What is the March of the Living?
The culmination of the program is the march between the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps on the Yom Ha-Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). The idea behind the event (and the source of inspiration for the name) is to manifest a contrast with the death marches that took place at the end of World War II.
When Nazi Germany withdrew from the occupied territories, it forced the prisoners – often in poor mental and physical condition – to walk several hundred kilometers towards the Reich. They shot to those who left behind – people also died of cold, hunger and exhaustion. Many of those who managed to survive the march died in camps in the Reich.
The March of the Living, unlike the death marches, serves to manifest the continuous existence of the Jewish nation, despite attempts to annihilate them.
After spending a week in Poland and visiting other places marked by Nazi persecution, such as Majdanek, Treblinka and the Warsaw Ghetto. But also places related to Jewish culture, e.g. synagogues, many program participants continue their journey to Israel, where they celebrate Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s Remembrance Day) and Yom Haatzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day)
The first march took place in 1988. The next ones were held every two years, and since 1996 every year. in the most numerous event participated 20,000 people, including delegations from almost 50 countries.
The March of the Living – a visit in Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
On April 28 the Museum will be closed to visitors