The March of Life Movement

The March of Life was initiated by Jobst and Charlotte Bittner and TOS Ministries from Tübingen, Germany. Together with descendants of members of the German Wehrmacht, the police and SS forces, they have organized memorial and reconciliation marches at sites of the Holocaust all over Europe. Since the beginning of this movement in 2007, marches were held in 20 nations and in more than 350 cities in cooperation with Christians from a broad variety of churches and denominations, as well as many Jewish communities. In 2011 and 2015, the March of Life was honored by the Israeli Knesset for its special efforts on behalf of Holocaust survivors.

The message of the March of Life stands for:

  • Remembering

Working through the past, giving survivors of the Holocaust a voice.

  • Reconciliation

Healing and restoration between descendants of the victims and perpetrators.

  • Taking a stand

For Israel and against modern anti-Semitism.

The President of the German Bundestag, Norbert Lammert, wrote about the movement in a word of greeting: “The initiative March of Life is valuable and important. The humble prayer initiative has long since become an international movement, including both eyewitnesses and those born later. I hope this idea will stir many people, and that there will be many “Marches of Life“ both with our feet and in our heads throughout the coming years.“