March of the Living expresses its gratitude to Leonardo Farkas of Santiago, Chile for his extraordinary generosity that has enabled so many Holocaust survivors and young people to participate in the March of the Living, learn the lessons of the Shoah and connect to their Jewish identity and Israel. The philanthropy of Leonardo Farkas has touched millions of people around the world.
We are honored that Mr. Farkas and his family have chosen to participate in the 2014 March of the Living and grateful for his outstanding support.
March of the Living Commemorates A Tragic Anniversary
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2014 marks a tragic anniversary – 70 years since the deportation and destruction of Hungarian Jewry during the Holocaust. Given this important date, March of the Living International is seeking to incorporate the story of Hungarian Jewry into its 2014 program in several significant ways.
I. Historical Background
Beginning in April of 1944 (often during Pesach), Nazi Germany, with the help of its local Hungarian collaborators, began rounding up the Jews of Hungary, from the smallest villages, to the capital of Budapest, where one quarter of the population was Jewish. The first deportations of Hungarian Jews began on April 29, 1944, with the first transport arriving in Auschwitz-Birkenau on May 2, 1944. The last transport arrived on July 11, 1944. (more…)