The March of The Living

Every Spring, thousands of Jewish teens from countries around the world share in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, when they march the three-kilometer distance separating Auschwitz from Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built by the Nazis during World War II. You could be there – along with hundreds of other Canadians taking part in this event.


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The March of the Living is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that takes thousands of Jewish teens from countries around the world to Poland and Israel. Participation in the program is organized locally by Calgary Jewish Federation. A highlight is the March itself, a three-kilometer journey from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built by the Nazis during World War II. 


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March of The Living 2020

Yom HaShoah 2020

Although unable to go on the 2020 March of The Living Trip due to the pandemic, Calgary's MOL students continued to actively participate in community commemoration and Holocaust education programs;  including taking part in the 2020 Yom HaShoah community commemoration video. Click here to watch.

Additional March of The Living Programs

  • The MOL in Poland

    The program will include visits to a number of Polish cities, towns and villages that were once vibrant centres of Jewish life and learning including Warsaw, Krakow and Lublin. Participants will visit the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Majdanek and Treblinka, where much of European Jewry was annihilated. The experience in Poland will be marked by special observances, culminating with the March of the Living itself on Yom Hashoah.

  • The MOL In Israel

    The program will combine visits to a number of exciting places and ancient sites, including Jerusalem, Masada, the Sea of Galilee, Tel Aviv, the Negev Desert and more. Participants will take part in many national and international events. On Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Remembrance Day –students will honour Israel’s soldiers who gave their lives in defense of their country. On Yom Ha’aztmaut, will include a celebration in honor of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State o...

  • Eligibility & Participation

    All participants on the March of the Living will be carefully chosen based upon emotional maturity and community involvement. The application process includes an essay and interview. Students are required to attend several educational seminars to equip them with basic knowledge and background on the Holocaust and Israel prior to their departure. Key themes include: Jewish life before the war, history of Antisemitism, Nazism, the Final Solution, Zionism and the state of Israel.

The March of Remembrance & Hope

For University students of all ethnic and religious backgrounds:

The March of Remembrance and Hope (MRH) is a program designed for university and college students of all religions and backgrounds. The program takes place in mid-May, and includes a two-day trip to Germany, followed by a five day visit to Poland. The international MRH program was founded in 2001 by Dr. David Machlis of the United States and Eli Rubenstein of Canada, both of whom were involved in the March of the Living program.


During the trip students visit locations in Germany and Poland related to the Holocaust and other World War II genocides, including the site of the Wannsee Conference, and the former concentration/death camps of Auschwitz, Treblinka and Majdanek.


The purpose of the March of Remembrance and Hope is to teach students of various religious and ethnic backgrounds about the dangers of intolerance through the study of the Holocaust and other World War II genocides, and to promote better relations among people of diverse cultures.

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