The March

The March:

Bearing Witness to Hope

Every two years since May 2000, Nazareth College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges have offered The March: Bearing Witness to Hope.

What to expect: This 10-day trip takes students from both Nazareth and Hobart and William Smith Colleges to Germany and Poland to study the Holocaust under the collective guidance of Holocaust scholars, survivors, and Israeli and Polish guides. Participation has expanded over the years to include graduate students and local community members.

Travel to cities that were once vibrant Jewish communities, to concentration and death camps engineered by the Third Reich, and to historic locations commemorating acts of resistance and rescue in the face of the "Final Solution." 

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.

Making the trip accessible

In 2015, the Farash 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 >>