1. To never again allow for the unchecked rise of the menace
of anti-Semitism or any kind of racial discrimination directed
by any individual or group in society against another to
gain strength. Included in this goal is the teaching that
all human beings are equal, precious and valued, and the
diminution of the dignity of any member of the human family
is a cardinal violation of all ethical teachings.
2. To recognize and learn from the altruistic actions of
the "righteous among the nations", who teach us
to never be a bystander in the face of oppression.
3. To remember those who perished, to be a witness, thus
denying Hitler a
"posthumous victory". The role of the survivor
is a key element in this goal.
4. To pay tribute to the courage of those who survived the
Holocaust, who rebuilt their lives despite the haunting
memories of the past.
5. To honor the heroic veterans of WWII who fought to liberate
Europe from the hands of Nazi tyranny.
6. To welcome opportunities to learn about participants'
different ethnicities and beliefs so that we may transcend
our religious, political, and cultural boundaries in order
to bear witness to the common humanity weall share.
7. To inspire participants to commit to building a world
free of oppression and intolerance, a world of freedom,
democracy and justice, for all members of the human family.
Related to this goal is to teach the message that, when
we return to our communities, each of us has the ability
to make a real and lasting difference in the world.
8. The final goal is not so much to learn from or about
history, but to enter into history. By visiting Poland,
we are taking part in a commemorative act that declares
that the memory of six million Jews and millions of other
innocent victims Poles, Roma and Sinti, Jehovah's
Witnesses, homosexuals, the handicapped and political prisoners
who were murdered during the Holocaust and WWII, has
been marked and will never be forgotten.