Yom Ha’Shoah 5768: Blog of the Living, Day 2
Posted by Oyster on April 30, 2008
Oyster marching under the infamous Arbeit Macht Frei (“Work Makes You Free”) gate of Auschwitz on March of the Living, 2006
Too many words, too many emotions, too many memories. I cannot convey the powerful, confusing, intense experience of marching with 8,000 Jews from all over the world, to the ‘Hell on earth’ that I grew up fearing. To Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Please go through the photo album on Picasa linked from the photo above. I’ve annotated my photos with captions that tell more of the story.
A quick note. Since I’m a Hebrew calendar geek, a bit of confusion to clear up. Yom HaShoah is a civil Israeli day of remembrance for the Holocaust. Because of that, it has complex rules for what day of the week it falls on, based on respect for Shabbat. It is nominally observed on the 27th of the month of Nisan, but if it falls on Shabbat or Friday, it is moved earlier to that Thursday (two days before). If it falls on Sunday, it is moved to Monday. Many in the Diaspora aren’t aware of these rules, so there’s often confusion about why Yom HaShoah is being observed on different days in Israel and in the USA.