The International March of the Living, in partnership with the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, has launched a global campaign — “From Soul to Sole” — to preserve some 8,000 shoes of children murdered at Auschwitz by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
Of the 1.1 million people exterminated at Auschwitz, more than 200,000 were children. The shoes in which they arrived at the camp are now the only tangible evidence of their all-too-short lives and horrific deaths.
The shoes are in a severe state of deterioration and require immediate conservation work to ensure that these silent witnesses to the worst crime in human history are not lost forever — both for the sake of the memory of the innocent children who perished as well as serving as important physical historical proof at a time of rising Holocaust denial, distortion, and trivialization.
To support the “From Soul to Sole” campaign, please visit: motl.org/soultosole/#donate
Read the story of Paula Lebovics, a child survivor of Auschwitz, here.