7 Days of Remembrance…and Hope

Each year, 60 students from diverse backgrounds across Canada participate in the March of Remembrance and Hope. Like the March of the Living, this trip takes students to the Nazi death camps in Poland, but it differs in that it is a multi-faith trip aimed at university students. Director Fern Levitt focuses on six of the participants, all of whom filter their experiences through a particular lens relevant to their personal histories. Participants include a gay activist, a Sudanese immigrant, and an Iranian whose family was persecuted for their Baha’i faith. When asked to dedicate their march to a cause of their choice, the youths’ responses are wide ranging, including the fallen soldiers in the IDF, the children who died in Gaza, and the victims of the Rwandan and Darfur genocides. The particularity of these responses underscores the message that if the Holocaust is to have any relevance to young people today, it has to be processed and internalized in an individual way. http://www.tjff.com/film-info.php?id=7

63 minutes

Shown at

  1. 19th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2011

2 Responses

  1. Maurice Smook says:

    This was the second time having watched this documentary. It is sad that the atrocities having taken place. I have a story that happened to me. I was a boomer baby. I wasn’t in the war. In 1955 my Uncle attended The World Youth Festival that was held in Warsaw Poland. My Uncle was away for 3 months. When he returned he had a story to tell us. It was about what he seen and learned and the atrocities that occurred during the war. It was painful to have hearing what occurred during the war. I was punished by my grade 3 teacher for speaking about the war etc. Would this comment area have enough space for a couple of pages? Thank you.

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