March of the living


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March of the Living 1994
Shai Spetgang

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March of the living

  1. 1. March of the Living 1994 through the lense of Toronto, Canadian participant Shai Spetgang [email_address]
  2. 2. <ul><ul><ul><li>A timeless march </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The reflection of the row of Israeli flags leading the Canadian contingent on The March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Auschwitz, Poland, April 7, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Yom Hashoah) </li></ul></ul></ul>א
  3. 3. <ul><ul><ul><li>These shoes were made for walking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and that's what they should have done </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Part of the 800,000 pairs of shoes held in three barracks. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Majdanek, Lublin, Poland, April 8, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>ב
  4. 4. <ul><ul><ul><li>The depth of destruction </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A sample barrack at Majdanek. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Majdanek, Lublin, Poland, April 8, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>ג
  5. 5. <ul><ul><ul><li>Not just another tombstone in the wall </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The first image that one sees from the gates of the Warsaw Jewish Cemetery. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Warsaw, Poland, April 5, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>ד
  6. 6. <ul><ul><ul><li>Pandora's Barrack </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The lock that remains on Majdanek's first barrack. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Majdanek, Lublin, Poland, April 8, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>ה
  7. 7. <ul><ul><ul><li>Cycle of Destruction I - The Undressing Room </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Part of the wall in section one of Majdanek's first gas chamber. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Majdanek, Lublin, Poland, April 8, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>ו
  8. 8. Cycle of Destruction II - Shower Room Part of the real shower room. Majdanek, Lublin, Poland, April 8, 1994 ז
  9. 9. <ul><ul><ul><li>Cycle of Destruction III – Death </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Gas Chamber. The blue hue (ceiling) is all that remains of the Zyclone-B gas that stole thousands' last breath. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Majdanek, Lublin, Poland, April 8, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>ח
  10. 10. <ul><ul><ul><li>Found separately and symbolically put together </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Majdanek, Lublin, Poland, April 8, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>ט
  11. 11. <ul><ul><ul><li>Then, a quick death from Zyclone-B, today a slow one from pollution </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Majdanek and Lublin. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Majdanek, Lublin, Poland, April 8, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>י
  12. 12. <ul><ul><ul><li>Did these tracks take my grandparents away? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In many parts of the city, trolley tracks stand as remnants of the network which shipped human beings to the death camps. A view of modern day Warsaw. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Warsaw, Poland, April 10, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>כ
  13. 13. <ul><ul><ul><li>Where Majdanek meets someone's back yard </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Today houses come right up to the fence of this death camp. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Majdanek, Lublin, Poland, April 8, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>ל
  14. 14. <ul><ul><ul><li>Crooked parallelism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What remains of Nazi efficiency. Planks of wood strewn next to &quot;Shower Room II&quot;. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Majdanek, Lublin, Poland, April 8, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>מ
  15. 15. <ul><ul><ul><li>Renovated Jewish light in Warsaw </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Inside the newly renovated and only remaining synagogue in Warsaw; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Nozyk synagogue. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Warsaw, Poland, April 10, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>נ
  16. 16. <ul><ul><ul><li>The flight of life </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A crane flying free in the Golan Heights. Remains of a Syrian barrack lie below. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Golan Heights, April 11, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>ס
  17. 17. <ul><ul><ul><li>The flow of Water </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A Roman aqueduct next to a modern day amphitheatre at the Ghetto Fighters‘ Kibbutz in Northern Israel. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Haifa, a port city, watches from a distance. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ghetto Fighters' Kibbutz, Israel, April 11, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>ע
  18. 18. <ul><ul><ul><li>Into the Light </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Valley of the communities at Yad Vashem. Part of the memorial to the 5,000 Jewish Communities that were destroyed during the Holocaust in Europe. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel, April 17, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>פ
  19. 19. <ul><ul><ul><li>Ready to come full circle </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Washington, D.C., U.S.A., May 23, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>צ
  20. 20. <ul><ul><ul><li>Poised to build on the past </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A bird on a nail at the Western Wall. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Coming full circle for peace in troubled times. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Western Wall, Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, April 12, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>ק
  21. 21. <ul><ul><ul><li>Bringing the pulse of the past into the future </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Treblinka, where nothing remains, but the future. Stones of various sizes have been erected to symbolize the destroyed Jewish Communities of Europe. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Treblinka, Poland, April 10, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>ר
  22. 22. <ul><ul><ul><li>This is who we are </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Ontario contingent of the March of the Living, 150 strong. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Majdanek, Lublin, Poland, April 8, 1994 </li></ul></ul></ul>ש
  23. 23. ת Passing the Torch Robert Weiss, Z&quot;L, a Holocaust Survivor accompanied the Toronto contingent of the March of the Living, 1994. Toronto, Canada, August 1996 The Hebrew Alphabet is now complete. Thank-you for taking this journey.