Teens plan march to Nazi camp site
Nicole Pampanin and 7,000 other Jewish teenagers plan to march Monday through the gates of Auschwitz. Joined by Holocaust survivors, they will observe Yom HaShoah in Hitler’s most notorious concentration camp. “But we are not suffering and scared we are going to die,” said Pampanin, an 18-year-old senior at New Community Jewish High School in West Hills. “It brings hope to a new generation that we can survive, and we’re not going to let this happen again.” March of the Living, a 3-kilometer journey from Auschwitz to Birkenau, is designed to etch in young Jewish minds the reality of the Holocaust. From Poland, which was occupied by the Nazis during World War II, the teens will travel to Israel for Israel Independence Day. “It is every kind of reaction you can imagine – it is gut-wrenching, it is horrific, it is life-changing and it is very fun,” said Monise Neumann, director of the Los Angeles delegation. For Dr. Alan Nager, there also are personal elements to the trip. First, his 17-year-old daughter, Sarah, will be there. Second, his Polish father was enslaved as a child in Buchenwald, where his grandparents were executed. “I sort of approach this trip with curious dread,” said Nager, 47, of Calabasas. “Just to be in the same land, seeing those buildings, my mind starts to have visions what it would have been like – groups of people, bodies around.” [email protected] (818) 713-3634 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!