Holocaust Memorial Day 2013 is one I shall never forget. The March of the Living trip to Poland really opens one’s eyes to be able to begin to comprehend who the Nazis were. Seeing the camps reinforces the fact that however bad we thought it was, it was infinitely worse.

Author Avi Sandler from New York

Author Avi Sandler from New York

The minute I saw the famous “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign, chills went down my spine. There are no words to describe the feeling as we marched from Auschwitz to the death camp Birkenau alongside Rabbi Lau, former Chief Rabbi of Israel and a child survivor, as well as the IDF’s Chief of Staff Benny Gantz.

As we approached the famed entrance way to Birkenau, the death camp that killed 50,000 Jews a day, emotions overtake you. Joining 11,000 people from around the world to honor the more than 1 million killed at Auschwitz – Birkenau is just amazing. To see us all gathered in one area, and that the camp still looks empty, really helps us understand how many people were imprisoned there.

May the memories of those who perished never be forgotten!