As we begin to reflect on our time at March of the Living we hear from one participant on the experiences they had on the trip.
"Auschwitz, the largest concentration camp, one of many, here approximately 1.1 million people were killed including 960,000 Jews who were mercilessly murdered. When I was younger, I never gave significance to the Holocaust, "just another mass murder", I said. How wrong I was, we must recognise the Holocaust and show our solidarity with all communities that were victims of this genocide (Poles, Jews, Romanis, etc).
I feel no words can ever describe the feeling of being there and recalling the brutality, I forever will remember this experience.
One thing I take from this trip - all forms of oppression must be challenged, forget race, religion or skin colour, we must stand for humanity. Let's work together to build cohesive and respectful communities, differences should not lead to hostility and hate.
There are many mass murders and genocides taking place today (Darfur, Aleppo, Rohingya, etc). We must raise our voices and not let these atrocities happen. We are one race, the human race, we are one.
Further, as a Muslim I strongly feel we must recognise and be part of the Holocaust Memorial Day because our refusal merely gives succour to those who peddle prejudice and lies about the Holocaust. And we should be part of it because it is right to remember the millions of our fellow human beings who died at the hands of a racist and supremacist ideology.
I end with the words of Imam Suhaib Webb, who said after visiting Auschwitz in 2010, “To visit a place like that is definitely very important to bridge some of the growing divide among religious communities. I have been trying to explain to people that the relationship is much more nuanced between our two communities. I came away [from the trip] thinking how similar we are.”