Holocaust survivors honoured
MAY 1, 2009 – TORONTO (jewishinfoNews) – Out of 330,000 Canadians who identify their ethnic origin as Jewish, just under 200,000 live in the province of Ontario. The largest population, some 142,000 live in Toronto. Most of the Jewish Holocaust survivors who emigrated to Canada settled in the province of Ontario.
Yesterday in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, members of all political parties stood while Kaddish was recited by Monte Kwinter MPP, followed by one minute of silence for the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
Earlier in the day, in an event organised by Canadian Society for Yad Vashem, Dalton McGuinty the Premier of Ontario, joined in honouring 12 Holocaust survivors who were recognised for their courage, strength and commitment to their communities and Ontario.
“The Holocaust was a dark chapter of human history, and those who survived emerged even stronger than before. They imagined a better life for themselves and their families, and then realized that vision. Ontario has been the beneficiary because not only have they survived, they have thrived and that’s what we’re honouring — and grateful for — today,” the Premier remarked. “It is an honour to share this day with you,” he added.
In 1998, the province of Ontario became the first jurisdiction outside of Israel to establish, by Act of Parliament, a Holocaust Memorial Day – Yom Hashoah, determined in each year by the Jewish lunar calendar, to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust
The Acts states: “Such a day would provide an opportunity to reflect on and educate about the enduring lessons of the Holocaust. This day shall also provide an opportunity to consider other instances of systematic destruction of peoples, human rights issues and the multicultural reality of modern society.”
The Premier’s speech viewed at Ontario honours
(Photo credit: TCGPR, Toronto)