The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre is inviting citizens at large to join the Jewish community in commemorating the 65th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and honouring the memory of all the victims of the Nazis:
Sunday April 11 from 7:30- 9:00 p.m.
Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem Congregation (6519 Baily Road, Côte-Saint-Luc)
The service will act as a public appeal to assume responsibility and take action today. All individuals have a responsibility to stand up when the rights of others are violated by prejudice, discrimination and racism. The commemoration focuses this year, on the righteous and rescuers who made a difference by saving lives.
Sixty five years later - making a difference - The Yom Hashoah commemoration is particularly relevant in Montreal, as the city became home to a large refugee survivor community after World War II. About 5,000 Holocaust survivors still live in Montreal and many are members of the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre. In this 65th anniversary year of the end of the Holocaust, a call to action to assure the respect of human life and dignity is of great significance.
The Yom Hashoah service will honour, as moral examples for today, those who saved lives over 65 years ago. Michael Kutz, Edgar Lion, Max Grunfeld, Saul Fenster, Renata Skotnicka-Zajdman and Thomas Strasser, Holocaust survivors, will give their testimony through videos. Through their stories, they will explain how and thanks to whom they survived.
Dr. Hans Möller will speak of his experience s in the Danish resistance. His participation will remind the public that there are important choices which can be made, even in extreme situations such as genocide.
Other participants will read texts and poems and the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir will also contribute to the service .
A commemoration which concerns us all - Quebec (in 1999) et Canada (in 2005) proclaimed Yom Hashoah as the day of remembrance of the Holocaust. A large delegation of political and diplomatic representatives are expected to join the community in commemorating and mourning the millions who were brutally killed.
The Yom Hashoah commemoration is organized by the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre. The mission of the Centre is to inform and sensitize people of all ages and backgrounds about the Holocaust, as well as antisemitism, racism, hate and indifference.