March of the Living Australia is a for-purpose, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to Holocaust education and memorialisation, combating antisemitism and intolerance, promoting social justice and creating a powerful connection to Israel, our community and future generations through an inclusive and immersive educational experience of ‘going where history books can’t’.
MARCH OF THE LIVING
The March of the Living itself, a 3-kilometre walk from Auschwitz 1 to Birkenau, is a tribute to all victims of the Holocaust, their memories and their legacies. The March is designed to contrast with the death marches, which began towards the end of World War II and continued virtually up until the Third Reich’s last days.
More than 2,200 Australians have participated on the March of the Living program to date
March of the Living has a transformative effect on individuals, changing their lives, perceptions, and behaviours.
Since the first Australian delegation in 2001, over 1500 Year 11 students, 500 adults and young adults, and 200 staff members, including survivors and educators, have embarked on this profound journey.
Objective third-party studies confirm the lasting impact of this immersive educational program, which takes participants to places where history books fall short. Both Jewish and non-Jewish participants gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust and its lessons. They also develop a better appreciation of Israel and a stronger commitment to community and social justice activities, actively combating prejudice and hatred in all forms. Jewish participants particularly experience a strengthening of their Jewish identity and an increased involvement in their local Jewish and broader communities.
The fight against Antisemitism and Holocaust denial is a central objective of March of the Living. Elie Wiesel's powerful words from the International March of the Living in Poland in 1990 still hold true today. Antisemitism, Holocaust denial, trivialisation, and the demonisation of Israel continue to dominate news cycles, causing insecurity among Jewish communities worldwide.
To create a world free of antisemitism and all forms of hatred, it is crucial to acknowledge the past and learn from the Holocaust. With fewer survivors able to share their stories, there is a concern that history may be rewritten. We must remember Auschwitz and ensure the world never forgets.
Appeal to donate
We need your help in ensuring the future of ‘hands-on’ Holocaust Education and Memorialisation, as well as combating Antisemitism and other forms of prejudice and hatred in Australia and around the globe.
March of the Living Australia is a for-purpose non-profit incorporated organisation, recognised as a Charity by the ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission).
March of the Living Australia is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and therefore all donations received of $2 and over are eligible for tax deduction.
Your donation will enable us to make the program financially accessible to aspiring Young Adult participants and to continue making this the most meaningful journey of their lifetimes by providing world-class educators, Survivors and other auxiliary staff on their journey.
The core values of March of the Living are derived from our rich Jewish heritage, where we follow the basic tenet that all people are created equal and therefore need to be treated as equals.
Our guiding light is that one should love thy neighbour like oneself and continuously strive for a better world. Hence, the pillars which underpin what we try to explore and educate towards are respect, inclusiveness, tolerance, justice and freedom for all, and ‘tikkun olam’ – acts of human kindness that can help in making this a better world for one and all.