Since 1955, Yad Vashem has worked to fulfill its mandate to preserve the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust by collecting their names, the ultimate representation of a person’s identity. Millions of victims remain unidentified. Yad Vashem urgently calls upon Jewish communities to recover their names through a worldwide Names Recovery Project. Unless we assume collective responsibility for completing this vital mission, some of them may be lost forever. This is a race against time, before those who remember them are no longer with us.
I worry about how this program (the March of the Living) will continue once we no longer have the wonderful survivors to make the Polish part of the trip so vital and important. I believe that the students were very responsive to the survivors and this relationship enabled them to connect to the tragedy of the Holocaust. We are so fortunate to have survivors who are invested in teaching and bearing witness for all those who perished and survived. It is hard to imagine a program without them. And I think of their stories often and feel privileged to have heard them speak.
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