The March of the Living is an international, educational program that brings Jewish people from all over the world to Poland on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built during World War II.
The UK has been notable by its absence, having not sent any significant number of participants to date. In 2010, March of the Living UK was formed to encourage the same levels of participation and education as enjoyed by other Jewish communities throughout the world.
The mission of the March of the Living is to challenge a new generation of Jews with one of the most significant events of Jewish history – the Shoah (The Holocaust). It is achieved by bringing Jewish people to many of the key places where these events took place, in order to understand the world, and the lives, that were destroyed. This is intensified by sharing these experiences with Holocaust survivors.
The mission is to create memories, leading to a revitalised commitment to Judaism, Israel and the Jewish People. It will allow Marchers to educate their peers about the Holocaust and to fight those who would deny its history. Indeed, much of the significance of the trip for participants will be after it is over, when these leadership roles will be encouraged and developed.
The unique mission of the March is to bring together Jews from different countries and cultures, secular and religious, and of every religious denomination, to share a common Jewish experience. Many of the future world Jewish leadership will have participated in the March, which will strengthen their connection to each other.