Alumni Q&A: Connie Strassberg, HTMC Long Island, 2016

What is the name of the March of the Living Delegation / Group that you traveled with?

Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County; and International

Year(s) attended:

2016

What was the most memorable moment of your experience?

Seeing a sea of blue shirts and Israeli flags march through the Arbeit Macht Frei gate at Auschwitz.

What impact did Poland have on you?

I feel sad that a culture that existed for centuries is no longer there. I feel empowered that the Nazis did not succeed in wiping out a people.

What impact did Israel have on you?

Israel was upside for everything in Poland.

How were you impacted by the overall experience?

I was comforted by sharing this experience with others who understood and supported where I was coming from.

What else would you like to share about your experience?

I swore that I would never ever set foot in Poland — but I am now so glad to have been able to walk where my parents once walked and see sites that they once saw — but I was seeing everything from the comfortable vantage point of knowing that the Nazis lost.

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