what we stand for
Thirteen Goals of the March of the Living
These are the 13 key goals of International March of the Living which underpin what we strive to achieve:
1. To remember the Six Million Jews who perished in the Shoah.
2. To pay tribute to the courage of those who survived the Holocaust – who rebuilt their lives despite the haunting memories of the past – and to be the bearers of their memories, the witnesses for the witnesses.
3. To remember the millions of other innocent victims of Nazi Germany’s genocidal policies during WWII.
4. To recognise and learn from the altruistic actions of the “righteous among the nations”, who teach us to never be a bystander in the face of oppression.
5. To honour the heroic Allied veterans and partisan fighters who fought to liberate Europe from the hands of Nazi tyranny during WWII.
6. To never again allow for the unchecked rise of the menace of antisemitism.
7. To never again allow any kind of discrimination directed by any individual or group against another to gain strength. Given the Jewish people’s historic experience of persecution, our tradition teaches that the Jewish people have a special responsibility to oppose intolerance (Love the stranger because you were once strangers – Deut. 10:19), and to teach the world that all human beings are created btselem elohim (in the image of G-d – Gen. 1:27), and deserve equal dignity and respect.
8. To inspire participants to commit to building a world free of oppression and intolerance, a world of freedom, democracy and justice, for all members of the human family.
9. To familiarise participants with the rich Jewish heritage that existed in Poland and other countries in pre-WWII Eastern Europe. The goal here is to inspire the younger Jewish participants to more deeply connect with their heritage and to consider leading Jewish lives today that reflect many of the diverse values and traditions of pre-war European Jewry. As part of this we attempt to portray the complex history of the Jewish presence in these countries – both positive and negative.
10. To understand the importance of the existence of Israel as the spiritual centre and homeland of the Jewish people by developing a better and more intimate affinity for the people of Israel and an appreciation of the hardships and sacrifice endured by her citizens on behalf of Israel; through the understanding of the concept of Meshoah Le’tkumah (from destruction to rebirth) where despite the devastation of the Holocaust, the Jewish people never gave up their belief in building a better tomorrow. Rather they rose up, against all odds, and established the State of Israel — the hope and future of the Jewish people.
11. Jewish Unity – To instill an understanding and appreciation of the term Am Yisrael, an appreciation for and connection to the Jewish people in every land, throughout the ages and in contemporary times.
12. Tikkun Olam – To remind participants of the Jewish peoples’ responsibility to be Or Lagoyim, a light unto the nations, by reaching out to people of other faiths and cultures, and by mending our too often shattered world, through providing our help and assistance to those most in need.
13. The final goal is not so much to learn from or about history – but to enter into history. By visiting Eastern Europe, participants are taking part in a commemorative act, which demonstrates to the world that the death of six million of our people, and so many other innocent victims, has been marked and will never be forgotten by the Jewish people.
STAND UP TO RISING
In recent times, a new disturbing trend has emerged -- Holocaust trivialisation, or the misappropriation of imagery, symbols, language, and historical facts related to the Holocaust in discourse on unrelated issues.
This has been largely fuelled by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and protests against health measures enacted by governments to combat it. Yellow Stars of David, for example, have become an all-too-common sight at demonstrations worldwide, and the internet is awash with content minimising the uniqueness of the Holocaust.
The #CantBeCompared global campaign encourages people around the world to speak out against the dangerous threat of Holocaust Trivialisation, which has created safe spaces for more antisemitism and Holocaust denial over the past two years.
How You Can Take Action Against Holocaust Trivialisation:
Add your name to the petition which will be delivered to leading decision makers and internet giants.
2. Speak out on social media and share the #CantBeCompared Campaign with your friends and family. Use the power of social media to join the thousands around the world who are already standing up to Holocaust trivialisation