The March of the Living, is an annual educational program which brings students from all over the world to Poland, where they explore the remnants of the Holocaust. On Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom Hashoah), thousands of participants march silently from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest Nazi German concentration camp complex built during World War II. Marchers come from countries as diverse as Panama, Turkey, Estonia and New Zealand. The program was established in 1988 and takes place annually around April and May, immediately following Passover, for two weeks. At the climax of the program is the march, which is designed to contrast with the death marches which occurred towards the end of World War II. When Nazi Germany withdrew its soldiers from forced-labour camps, inmates usually already starving and stricken by oppressive work were forced to march hundreds of miles in the snow, while those who lagged behind or fell were shot. This contrast of the living walking the path of a death march serves to illustrate the continued existence of world Jewry despite Nazi Germans attempts at their obliteration.
'A cross between H is for Hawk and Wild' Stylist'A courageous memoir of love and loss . . . compelling' Sunday Express'Intimate and inspiring' Observer'Rich and absorbing' Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love'A brave and necessary record of love, as beautiful as it is heartbreaking' Ann Patchett, author of CommonwealthOn a warm evening on a beautiful beach in Thailand, Shannon Leone Fowler's life was shattered when a box jellyfish - the most venomous animal in the world - wrapped itself around her fiancé Sean's legs, stinging and killing him in minutes.Devastated by the tragedy, Shannon, a marine biologist, could not face returning to her home by the ocean. She had travelled the world with Sean, and to honour his memory set out on a new journey - this time alone, to make sense of her loss. From contemplating the silence of Auschwitz, to stumbling through poverty-stricken Romania and Bulgaria, to sitting shiva amid daily bombings in Israel, to finding humour and creativity in Sarajevo, a city still scarred by war, Shannon begins to chart a path through grief - learning to live with loss without letting it destroy her.New edition includes an interview between Shannon Leone Fowler and her mother, author of international bestseller The Jane Austen Book Club and Man Booker Prize shortlisted We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler.