Music and Auschwitz
Jewish teens remember the Holocaust in Poland and discover new friends
By Vanessa Gera
Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland – For Eric Robertson, Poland was a place frozen in black-and-white snapshots, preserved in his mind as the site of the Holocaust’s death camps.

Last week, however, the 17-year-old from Greensboro, N.C., stood in a Warsaw school gymnasium and played bluegrass on his mandolin before a crowd of enthusiastic Polish teens who offered their own performances.


He is among scores of American Jewish teens taking part in an effort to bring young Poles and Jews together on the sidelines of the March of the Living, an annual Holocaust remembrance and education event at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.