“If we wish to live and to bequeath life to our offspring, if we believe that we are to pave the way to the future, then we must first of all not forget.”

Prof. Ben Zion Dinur, Yad Vashem, 1956
 
Today marks the seventy years since the end of WWII and the liberation of the victims of the Nazi persecution, the Holocaust, Yom Hashoah.
   
Commemorated each and every year in Cote Saint-Luc, the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre held their annual remembrance ceremony last night at the TBDJ synagogue on Baily Road. Premier Philippe Couillard and a long list of elected officials from every level of government, along with members of the diplomatic corps, were joined by hundreds of community members in the 90 minute commemoration.
   
Six families, each represented by a survivor, child and grandchild lit six memorial candles following heart wrenching video testimonials in the first person about the horrors the survivors witnessed seventy plus years ago.
 
Musical accompaniment was provided by the grade 6 students at JPPS. I was very proud to watch my daughter and her classmates, sing songs of remembrance and honour in English, Hebrew and Yiddish.

Read more in Mike Cohen’s blog

And I convey my deepest appreciation to our MNA David Birnbaum for this touching and eloquent intervention today in the National Assembly in commemoration of Yom Hashoah. As well, the representatives of all political parties in the assembly spoke with passion and humility. I was very touched.