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Category : 2014 March (Archive)

Yom HaZikaron/Yom HaAtzmeut Ceremony and Concert,

March of the Living’s Yom HaAtzmeut March and Ceremony in Jerusalem, Israel: May 6th beginning at 12:30pm (Israel time)

MOTL Partners For Alumni Follow-up and Impact

MOTL is partnering to bring a new alumni follow-up process to every participant and supporter this year and beyond. Project6Million, started by alumni from the 2011 Cincinnati MOTL Delegation, brings a unique but shared way for every Marcher to extend the impact of their powerful moment into action toward a world where tolerance trumps hate… and connect our voices together. In this online process, Marchers upload a text of photo statement (via computer tablet or phone) during MOTL to express and capture the power of their experience, as P6M shares it out for them and connects them to all the other alumni and upstanders doing the same all over the world. Then every participant’s own statement is sent back to them personally in intervals – in 2 weeks, 6 months, 1 year, etc. with the question of “What does it stir in you now?” and invitation to take it further, add to their statement, and have it live in their actions. In this new partnership with P6M, MOTL is extending the impact of Marchers’ initial awareness and connecting them to one another in shared commitment to acting on it. P6M is a bridge from the transformative experience and emotion of MOTL to an empowering way to communicate, take action, stay connected to their MOTL experience and community, and make it multiply in their lives long after the moment.

The Project6Million team joined MOTL in Poland to meet with several delegations, address all Marchers as the Yom Hashoah ceremony began, and hand out 10,000 blue bracelets at the Yom Hashoah ceremony that say “MOTL 2014 • Make a moment to Take a stand….project6million.org.”

With every Marcher, supporter and alumni making a statement, our collective voices and commitments can shape a different future beyond never again. Make your statement now… www.project6million.org

March of the Living Ceremony, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Monday April 28, 2014

Original Broadcast

The Heroism of Hannah Senesh

Hungarian Jewry: Last Victims of the Holocaust

100,000 Souls: The Legacy of Raoul Wallenberg

March of the Living Budapest

March of the Living Budapest 30,000+ marching to train station where 600 participants will board train (of the living) to Auschwitz commemorating the 70th anniversary of deportations to the death camps (and the Shoah of Hungarian Jewry), with Irwin Cotler MP.

Earlier, MP Cotler chaired an international parliamentary panel on antisemitism at a special conference of the March of the Living Hungary.

Making Amends

Mosaic, By Robert Eli Rubinstein, April 27, 2014

A mysterious request leads the Canadian-born son of a Holocaust survivor back to the old country.

“There’s someone here to see you.”

“Who is it?”

“Her name is Magda Zelenka,” replied my receptionist. “She says she has something important to discuss with you, but she doesn’t have an appointment.”

It took me a moment to recall Magda. Decades earlier, my late father Bill had hired her and her husband Ferenc as superintendents of an apartment building in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke. Despite his own shattered life back in Hungary, my father was remarkably free of vindictiveness, hiring Germans, Austrians, Ukrainians, Croats—even Hungarians—as long as they were the best qualified candidates for a job.

The Zelenkas proved excellent employees: hard-working, courteous, beloved by tenants. After long years of service, Ferenc suffered a series of heart attacks followed by a fatal stroke. Although Magda hoped to continue managing the building on her own, the challenge had proved overwhelming. She was no youngster, and hardly in the best of health herself. Nor, in spite of her lengthy residence in Canada, had she ever really mastered the English language, which made it difficult for her to communicate. With deep regret, she submitted her resignation, asking only that she be allowed to rent an apartment in one of our buildings. (more…)

‘Train of the Living’ to memorialize 70th anniversary of deportation of Hungarian Jews

HUNDREDS OF high school students from across the globe march from Auschwitz to Birkenau last year in an annual event sponsored by International March of the Living.

The Jerusalem Post, by Daniel K. Eisenbud, April 23, 2014

Hundreds of high school students to ride train from Budapest to Auschwitz to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the mass deportation and murder of over 585,000 Hungarian Jews during World War II, hundreds of highschool students from across the globe will travel by train from Budapest to Auschwitz, where they will join 10,000 other students to march to the Birkenau extermination camp.

The four-day event, organized by International March of the Living to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day, will begin on Friday in Hungary, which is ranked among the most anti-Semitic nations in Europe. (more…)