The March

The March: Bearing Witness to Hope


Who: Undergraduate and graduate students from both Nazareth and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, professors, staff, and local community members.

What: Travel to Germany and Poland to study the Holocaust under the collective guidance of Holocaust scholars, survivors, and Israeli and Polish guides. On this 10-day trip, you visit cities that were once vibrant Jewish communities, concentration and death camps engineered by the Third Reich, and historic locations commemorating acts of resistance and rescue in the face of the "final solution."

When: Typically every two years. The most recent trip: May 23 to June 2, 2022

After the trip: Participants commit to identify, confront, and transform situations of prejudice, bigotry, and intolerance, institutionally as well as inter-personally, upon return. Faculty and staff mentors from both campuses work with students to confront the ethical dilemmas, political implications, and religious questions raised by the Holocaust today.

Sample itinerary

Sample Itinerary

Making the trip accessible

In 2015, the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation granted Nazareth College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges endowments totaling $500,000 to offset the cost for students to participate in The March. Nazareth's goal is to increase this endowment to help ensure that The March remains accessible to all interested students. Giving options >>

The March participants walk along railroad tracks.

The March: Bearing Witness to Hope is a joint program of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Nazareth College.