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Category : 2013 Archive

Kol Nidre in Auschwitz told by Judy Weissenberg Cohen, MOL 2013

Shavuot – March of the Living Message from Neshama Carlebach

My dearest friends, near and far,

We are about to receive the Torah (the essence of G-d’s message to us), on the Holiday Shavuot this week. I wanted to share a little piece of my own recent Journey, heading towards the Mountain to receive the Word of G-d… Human beings are infinite. Our fears and disappointments may allow us to hide from our own powerful energy, but truly, we are infinite. Sadly, many of the trappings of this world, including the Words we depend on for our deepest communication are finite and limited. To say that your child is “extraordinary” or that a sunset is “beautiful” doesn’t even begin to describe the depths of that which we witness, or to express the breadth of our emotionality. (more…)

Photos: Poland 2013

Pictures by igal Hecht, Ryan Blau, Yossi Zeliger, Patryk Słotwiński and other sources

2013 March of the Living Ceremony

The 2013 March of the Living Ceremony took place on April 8th, Holocaust Remembrance Day, on the grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

2013: Israel Program

MOTL The West Visited the JNF 9/11 Memorial

Dear Friends,

Today MOTL The West visited the JNF 9/11 Memorial. The photo also includes Robert Levine, Vice President of Education for JNF (center).

My understanding is that not a lot of MOTL Groups have visited the site nor do they know about it, be great to share and make sure future MOTL groups from US have this amazing experience.

FYI – It is the only place outside of the United States that recognizes the names of the people who were killed on 9/11 as well as their countries of origin.

It was a moving experience for our teens.

All the best,


Ruth Zaltsmann
MOTL The West

NYTimes OpDoc: Branko: Return to Auschwitz

The New York Times, April 14, 2013, By Topaz Adizes

April 15 marks the 68th anniversary of Branko Lustig’s liberation from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp when he was not quite 13 years old. In this Op-Doc video, we follow Mr. Lustig back to Poland to visit the Auschwitz and Birkenau camps (where he was also interned) and to celebrate the bar mitzvah he could never have as a young man.

Between these pivotal moments in his life, Mr. Lustig became one of the most accomplished producers in Hollywood. He won best picture Academy Awards for producing “Schindler’s List” and “Gladiator,” and also worked on Volker Schlöndorff’s epic German World War II tale “The Tin Drum” as well as “Sophie’s Choice,” “War and Remembrance” and “The Winds of War.”

The arc of Mr. Lustig’s life — from Holocaust survivor to Oscar winner — is one of remarkable triumph. While many people shy away from revisiting their personal traumas, Mr. Lustig — in his feature films and in my short documentary — has enabled us all to reflect upon them and, perhaps, come to terms with them.

Topaz Adizes is a New York-based filmmaker whose documentaries and narrative films have played at festivals including Cannes, Sundance, South by Southest and Cinéma du Réel. He is currently developing a narrative feature film, “Close Enough.”

View Clip about Academy Award Winner Branko Lustig’s return to Auschwitz on the March of the Living”: http://nyti.ms/159f7LG

Frank Lowy Speech at the 2013 March of the Living Ceremony

Canadian March of the Living Program Honoring Survivors, Partisans and Righteous Among the Nations

Adam Mickiewicz Hall – University of Warsaw, Saturday April 6, 2013

To Live and Die with Honor: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (about 15 min.)

This 15 minute video tells the story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising through the voices of the survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Two Canadian fighters – Anna Heilman (of Ottawa) & Baruch Spiegel (of Montreal)- appear in the film. Both took part in the heroic uprising and their testimony in the film is quite eloquent.