American listeners will have an opportunity to hear special radio programming Sunday night and Monday with unique coverage on Israel's Holocaust Memorial and Remembrance Day.
WABC 77 and Citadel Media's John Batchelor will broadcast live for four hours on the annual March of the Living at the Auschwitz and Birkenau Nazi death camps.
Each year for the past 25 years, tens of thousands of Jews and Christians have gathered at the site under the notorious “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign.
Together they have marched the two miles from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built by the Nazis during World War II. The march is completed with a memorial service on site.
Branko Lustig, Academy Award-winning producer of Schindler's List, was incarcerated in Auschwitz as a youth. Now, 66 years later, he will have his Bar Mitzvah there, to be celebrated with a former Chief Rabbi of Israel.
The March of the Living is an annual educational program which brings students from around the world to Poland, where they youth explore the issues of the Holocaust. Established in 1988, the program begins immediately following Passover. Participants come from Israel and the United States, as well as from other European nations, and countries from as diverse and as far away as Panama, Turkey, Estonia and New Zealand.