The March of the Living (MOTL) 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 180,000 youth from around the world have marched down the same path leading from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Participants have the opportunity to continue the trip in Israel to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day.
The March of the Living is joined each year by thousands of Jewish teens, adults and survivors from around the world along with many other people from diverse faiths and background, including the Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Hindu traditions. Students whose communities have experienced historic persecutions also participate, such as survivors of the Rwandan genocide, First Nation students and African Americans.
A key element of the program is the participation of Holocaust survivors who share the memory of their wartime experiences with the young people in the very places where they unfolded. There is a greater urgency to encourage larger numbers of students take part in the program in the coming years, while the survivors are still able to participate in this challenging trip.
According to objective third party studies, the long-term effect of the program on alumni has been significant and MOTL alumni have made important social contributions to the community at large: assisting the homeless, combating the ongoing genocide in Darfur, volunteering at home or abroad in a variety of worthy humanitarian efforts, and working diligently to combat prejudice and hatred of every kind.
All funds raised will benefit the March of the Living Scholarship Fund.
The International March of the Living is a 501(C)3 Non-Profit Charitable Organization. All contributions are deductible to the fullest extent of applicable tax law. TAX ID #22-326-1085.