Today is the last day of the trip, its holocaust memorial day, and it’s the March of the Living.
The march was unbelievable. Eleven thousand people came from all over the world celebrate the fact that we’re still here. It was incredible to look behind me and see so many faces, we’re all there to make sure that no one will ever forget the tragedies of the holocaust, and it was truly special and I feel so lucky to be a part of it.
The most emotional and unforgettable part of the tekkes was at the very end. We all sang hatikva together, and suddenly the sun came out from behind the clouds and lit up the sky but only where we were all stood singing for our country, Israel. It was as if all those who perished were saying thank you to us for remembering them. It was as if they were so pleased to see us all there and thriving.
All in all, I have to say that being here for the past five days has given me reason to research the holocaust even more. I want to take every opportunity to go and hear holocaust survivors tell their own survival story. I want to ensure that Youth Movements today are just as empowering as they were in times of war. I want to make it my mission to educate my peers and the next generation on the holocaust. I feel so blessed to be here today that the idea of anyone trying to destroy us again isn’t one even fit for thought. It’s up to us to guarantee that there will always be Jewish people to tell our unique stories and most of all, I will never take my friends, family or religion for granted again.
Being Jewish isn’t just a religion, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of thinking and believing, it’s being the best we can be even when we’re being told we’re lower than the insects. It’s being there for each other, and being there for the rest of the world too.
I will never forget.
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