Statement on Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah, known as Holocaust Remembrance Day in English, is a day to honour and remember the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. The commemoration of this horrific period carries immense meaning for all who survived the atrocities, along with their children and grandchildren. This includes members of the Canadian Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants (CJHSD), an organization affiliated with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).

“Seventy-five years after the Holocaust, it is still painful to look back at that time,” said Pinchas Gutter, Co-President of the CJHSD. “Nevertheless, remembering this terrible period in history is something that we all must do regularly, in order to prevent further genocides. Despite its somberness, Yom HaShoah is a day of hope; it provides survivors with an opportunity to share our experiences with the next generation and, in doing so, ensure that our suffering will never be forgotten.”

Join us, as we come together with Jewish communities and Holocaust remembrance organizations across Canada, on the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. More information on this year’s online Yom HaShoah program, Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah: Cross-Canada Virtual Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration, can be found here.

“The opportunity to hear directly from Holocaust Survivors, and learn about their experiences, is increasingly rare and precious. In the midst of this pandemic, Holocaust Survivors have ever more important life lessons to teach us all about resilience and rebuilding. It is vital that Canadians of all backgrounds hear from those who were eyewitnesses to the horrors of the Holocaust, and unite against all forms of hatred and prejudice.” Edit Kuper, Co-President, CJHSD.