Daily Israel Report

‘Survivors Who Changed the World’ To Be Honored

The March of the Living foundation is asking for nominations of Holocaust survivors who changed the world. Rabbi Lau will be one of the honorees.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 2/22/2010, 12:42 PM / Last Update: 2/22/2010, 1:45 PM

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The March of the Living foundation is asking for nominations of remarkable Holocaust survivors who changed the world. Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Lau, now Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, will be one of the honorees at this year’s march in April, which commemorates the 65th year since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

He was described as “a beacon of spirituality and leadership on behalf of the survivor community and the Jewish people everywhere.”

More than 10,000 youth are expected to attend the March of the Living on Holocaust Remembrance Day, which falls on April 10 this year, under the theme of “Tribute to the Survivor.”

This year's program will call attention to survivors of the Nazi period from different professional and social fields to emphasize how the Jewish community has succeeded in rebuilding a new world out of the ashes of the Holocaust.

“Every survivor has taught the world a lesson just by the fact that he or she remained alive to tell their stories,” stated Dr. Shmuel Rosenman, Chairman of International March of the Living.  “But these six people have stood out because had they perished at Hitler planned, the world would be a very different, lesser place.”

The March of the Living announced that nominations will be accepted for survivors who have demonstrated a “profound impact on the world” who will be honored at the event.  Nominations are being accepted by sending a relevant application letter to motl@lonestar.co.il.

“The survivor has been our most important educational link to understand the unspeakable depth of Nazi evil and the unimaginable tragedy of the Holocaust,” said Dr. David Machlis, vice chairman of the International March of the Living. “Yet beyond what these people experienced during the war, their accomplishments after the war years are no less extraordinary and they deserve to be recognized as the true heroes that they are.”

Since the March of the Living was launched in 1988, hundreds of Holocaust survivors have been part of the annual missions to Poland and Israel to educate youth about the history of that period and the continuing dangers posed by hatred and intolerance. 

“We know that we face a desperate race against time to ensure that these survivors receive some small share of the recognition they so deserve and this event is designed to offer a compelling public salute to this invaluable community of leaders and educators,” Phyllis Heideman, chair of the International March of the Living said. “Without them, the world would have never really understood the true scope of the horror of Nazism.”

Since 1988, the March of the Living has brought over 120,000 students from 40 countries to Poland to participate in educational missions aimed at better understanding the horrors of the Holocaust.