The March of Life was initiated by Jobst and Charlotte Bittner and evangelical TOS Ministries from Tübingen, Germany. Together with descendants of members of the German Wehrmacht, the police and SS forces, they have organized memorial and reconciliation marches at sites of the Holocaust all over Europe. Since the beginning of this movement in 2007, marches were held in 19 nations and in more than 350 cities and villages in cooperation with Christians from a broad variety of churches and denominations, as well as many Jewish communities. In 2011 and 2015, the March of Life was honored by the Israeli Knesset for its special efforts on behalf of Holocaust survivors. In 2017, the Jewish Community in Halle, Germany, honored the March of Life with the Emil-Fackenheim-Award for Tolerance and Understanding.
The message of the March of Life stands for:
- Remembering – working through the past, giving survivors of the Holocaust a voice.
- Reconciliation – healing and restoration between descendants of the victims and perpetrators.
- Taking a stand – for Israel and against modern anti-Semitism.
March of the Nations 2020 in Israel – Postponed to 2021
On May 14-15, 2018 the March of the Nations took place in Israel to celebrate 70 years of statehood for Israel for the first time! With 6,000 people from around the world and Israel, we walked in Jerusalem to celebrate what God has done.
Jews and Christians walking hand in hand proclaiming: “Israel, you are not alone! We stand together with you in friendship!” During the week of May 10-14 2021, this message will be carried throughout Israel with multiple March of the Nations in different cities like Tiberias, Netanya, Kfar Saba and many more. For more information go to: www.marchofthenations.com
In the US, the March of Remembrance was inspired by the March of Life and is a Christian prayer walk held annually in remembrance of the Shoah (Holocaust).
Join a March near you or organize your own! www.marchofremembrance.org