Camp Hill teen travels to Poland and Israel for ‘March of the Living’

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CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) — A Camp Hill resident has returned from a meaningful mission.

17-year-old Sophia Swidler traveled to Poland and Israel to experience the “March of the Living,” a event where Jewish teenagers from around the world study the history of the Holocaust and investigate the causes of prejudice, intolerance and hatred.

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The teenagers participate in a 2.5 kilometer long march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, as a contrast to the death marches of World War II, and as a symbol of the survival of the Jewish people despite Nazi attempts to exterminate them.

“It’s so important to see it in real life, to see it with your own eyes and just see what really happened,” Swidler said. “We need to learn more about this so that this horrible event in history never happens again.”

According to marchoftheliving.comMore than 300,000 alumni from 50 countries walked the same 3-kilometer path from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Hashoah, in tribute to all victims of the Holocaust.

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