Participants Reflect on this Year’s March of the Livingby SDJJ Staff June 28, 2016
In honor of this year’s Yom Hashoah, another group of young San Diegans joined counterparts from across the world on the March of the Living. Over the next two days, the San Diego Jewish Journal online will publish reflections from two local participants. This trip is historically moving, and gives young people a chance to really understand what we mean when we say “Never Forget.” This is the first entry in the series. Below, Gabrielle Katzenelson writes a prose poem about why she marched.
I marched for Roman Myron Lubetzky.
I marched for my grandfather and for all of those who suffered his torture.
I marched for the 6 million Jews who were murdered, and for the 5 million other victims that endured the same fate.
I marched for my family, extended family, and for my Jewish brothers and sisters.
I marched for tolerance, peace, and respect.
I marched for remembrance.
I marched because we will never forget.
I marched so that this atrocity never happens again.
I marched for a safe country to call home, I marched for Israel.
I marched because we as a Jewish people are not going anywhere.
I marched because we are here to stay.
עם ישראל חי
by Gabrielle Katzenelson
Next year’s March of the Living will take place April 19- May 3, 2017. San Diegans interested in learning more can contact Marcia Tatz Wollner at Marcia@motlthewest.org.