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WATCH: March of the Living under way in Poland with 8 survivors leading 2,500 participants

Yaakov Schwartz is The Times of Israel's deputy Jewish World editor.

Eight Holocaust survivors leading the March of the Living on April 28, 2022 at the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. (Yaakov Schwartz/Times of Israel)
Eight Holocaust survivors leading the March of the Living on April 28, 2022 at the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. (Yaakov Schwartz/Times of Israel)

OSWIECIM, Poland – Led by eight Holocaust survivors and Polish President Andrzej Duda, the 2022 March of the Living sets out on the 3.2 kilometer (two-mile) trek from Auschwitz to Birkenau.

This year’s march takes place under the shadow of war in neighboring Ukraine, and a number of Ukrainian refugees are among the 2,500 Jewish and non-Jewish participants gathered to commemorate the 6 million Jewish Holocaust victims on Yom Hashoah, or Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The march resumes with a smaller footprint after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Participants in past years have numbered in the tens of thousands.

For the first time in its three-decade history, the march also includes an official delegation from the United Arab Emirates.

Yom HaShoah Ceremony

International March of the Living Yom HaShoah Ceremony Fighting Antisemitism: Passing the torch of Holocaust memory from the survivors to the next generationsThursday, April 28, 20228 AM New York | 2 PM Poland | 3 PM Israel

Posted by International March of the Living on Monday, April 25, 2022

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