The March of the Living is an annual educational program, which brings students from all over the world to Poland, in order to study the history of the Holocaust and to examine the roots of prejudice, intolerance and hate. Since the first March of the Living was held in 1988, over 150,000 youth from around the world have marched down the same path leading from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
At this difficult time, we stand together with the people of Israel, with Jewish communities around the world – and with all people of good faith – to condemn this senseless act of violence and to express our undying commitment to the safety and security of the State of Israel.
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים
Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel
Los Angeles, California – May 7, 2014
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. Please, please, everybody have a seat.
Well, thank you, Steven, for your incredibly generous words, for this great honor, for your friendship, and most importantly, for the extraordinary work which brings us here all tonight. To Robert Katz and all the members of the board and staff of the Shoah Foundation; to President Max Nikias and everybody at USC; to all the distinguished guests and to all the friends that I see in this audience — it is an incredible honor to be with you as we pay tribute to a remarkable institution and one that makes claim on our moral imagination.
Being here with you tonight, I’m taken back to the visit to Buchenwald that I took in the very first months of my presidency. And I was there with my dear friend, Elie Wiesel. As most of you know, he who had endured that camp as a teenager. And we walked among the guard towers and the barbed wire. We saw the ovens and the crematorium. We saw the memorial to the prisoners, a steel plate heated to the temperature of the human body, as a reminder of our common humanity. And at the end of our visit, as we stood outside the place where his father and so many other souls had perished, Elie spoke these words — he said: “Memory has become a sacred duty of all people of goodwill.” Memory has become a sacred duty of all people of goodwill. Read the full article…
You experienced something unique and powerful in your MOTL experience, which only those who have done it can truly understand. We know that feeling, as do thousands of others who have experienced MOTL like you did.
It’s a powerful shift which you’ll want to come back to in you over and over. Here’s where that begins, along with all the other Marchers who have experienced it.
For the 6 million. For humanity, and for yourself.
Capture the moment as a statement, a reflection, or a photo- so you can carry the torch as the last generation to hear the testimonies of survivors and honor the 6million with the world we create.
We’ll share your statement for you here, and then send your it back to you in intervals… in 2 weeks, in a year, in two years… with a simple question: “Where does it stir for you NOW? What do you want it to cause in your life and in the world?” Maybe just when you need it most.
You can edit or add back in to your statement as it grows with your experience and impact over time.
Your statement will connect you to a new movement, started by MOTL alumni, harnessing the power of our experience into voice, action and commitment toward a different future.
Together we can go beyond never again, to create a world where tolerance trumps hate.
Declare your voice, make your statement, become part of the movement. Make a moment now to take a stand… www.project6million.org
An amazing opportunity for Sophomore, Junior and Senior High School students to combine both renowned programs!
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