This trip has hands down been the most important thing I have done in my life. I have never been away from home for more than a week at a time nor have I been out of the country. I only knew one person before this trip. So, to sum everything up, I was pretty terrified to leave.
Stepping off the plane into Poland, I had no idea what I was about to become a witness to. No words can describe how I felt walking through the forest or seeing the 40,000 shoes and pounds of human hair. I was disgusted at the fact that this actually happened; that ordinary people let this happen. I constantly found myself asking the question why.
In contrast, landing in Israel was such an amazing feeling. Spending Independence Day “home” was an experience I will never forget. I’ve never been prouder to call myself a Jew.
-Sydney Zwick, Finneytown High School