March of Remembrance and Hope

Through the stories of survivors, the study of memorials, the sites of remaining shadows, and the support of consequential strangers, a group of young academics selected from across Canada embark on an emotional journey through the ghosts of the Holocaust. Their immersion into Jewish culture and the history of the World War II genocide offers a rare experience that will encourage their role in preventing future injustices. 

Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter (84) was only seven years old when the war began. He survived the Warsaw ghetto and six Nazi concentration camps, including Majdanek extermination camp. In addition to his many education pursuits, he teams up with the United Israel Appeal of Canada and the Jewish Federations of Canada each year to lead the March of Remembrance and Hope, a program that encapsulates the words of Israeli scholar Yehuda Bauer: "Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but above all, thou shalt not be a bystander."

His return to the places that haunt him most is Pinchas' gift, believing that his memories of such atrocities can serve to better humanity and a world he still believes in.

On assignment for The Jewish Federations of Canada

Germany and Poland

May 2015

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