Over the course of eight days, each of us was faced with the harsh realities of the Holocaust and forced to confront their emotions. We dove into the darkest parts of human history and emerged with a new sense of purpose. Our lives had been transformed permanently.
While the rest of the world enjoyed a normal week, each one of us had our lives altered. With this newfound drive, we were determined to take action. We recognized that it was our responsibility as Jews and our civic duty as human beings to do our part to ensure that nothing such as the Holocaust could occur ever again. As we searched for the answer to our insatiable desire to make a difference, we could not help but to be repeatedly astonished by the scale of everything we had witnessed. Whether it was the sheer size of a camp, the number of victims forced to share a small barrack, or the amount of items in a museum exhibit, we could not escape the fact that every number was so incomprehensibly large.
And so on May 2, 2011, in a room on the third floor of a Krakow, Poland hotel, Project6Million was born. Though the idea has been developed tremendously since its inception, the roots remain the same. We hold sacred our vision of creating a Holocaust memorial that depicts the number six million, individually, as to honor each individual of the six million Jewish lives lost. We will always remember the night the project was first shared, and how we collectively crunched numbers for hours that evening figuring out how large such a memorial would have to be. It was truly a special moment.
Since then, the process of bringing Project6Million to life has given us the privilege of discussing our mission with many brilliant minds and, from this, the global, digital movement was hatched. We were dared not only to create a memorial, but to also take action to make the world a better place. As we partner with March of the Living, where it all began for us, we are excited to bring a process to extend the impact and meaning of awareness for people. As they have moments of shift, we help them capture it and turn it into meaning in their lives and the world. Project6Million creates a bridge from that moment of intense emotion to an empowering way to communicate, take action, and make it multiply in people's lives long after the moment.
This is only the beginning for Project6Million. We have lofty, yet attainable goals. Our present is focused on uniting the moments of impact for people into meaning and connection, and we have future plans to reach further throughout the globe, all under the Project6Million umbrella, and all helping to create a better world.
Project6Million needs you and the world needs Project6Million.
The Project6Million Team
Project Leaders/Originators Team
2011 MOL Cincinnati Delegation Trip Members
Web and Graphic Design Team
Project6Million thanks the following upstanders for donating their time and talent to bring the P6M vision to life: