TENAFLY, N.J. — A high school senior from Tenafly is raising money to visit the German concentration camps that her ancestors could have died in had they not immigrated to America during World War II.
Bailey Abramowitz had raised $185 for her international journey with March of the Living as of Nov. 23, but still has more than $2,800 to go.
“Because of [my grandparents] and their stories and history I feel the need to connect with my roots in Poland and by going and visiting Poland and the camps that caused so much pain to my ancestors,” said Abramowitz, a member of the international Jewish youth group, BBYO.
March of the Living will begin this spring in Poland with a trip to Treblinka, Majdanek, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and will end with a 3-kilometer walk out of Auschwitz.
Abramowitz’ journey will continue in Israel where she and thousands of other high school students from around the world will hike Mt. Masada, visit the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Students will honor Israel’s Memorial Day, Holocaust Remembrance Day and Israel’s Independence Day by stopping their activities — whether they’re in traffic or in the shower — to stand at the sound of the national air horn for a moment of silence.
Abramowitz has been to Israel for her brother’s Bar Mitzvah and to live and volunteer on an army base.
“These trips were my two favorite trips that I have ever taken,” she said. “They were incredible and unique experiences and I have been hoping to go back to Israel since.”
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