Friday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. As Co-Presidents of the Canadian Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants (CJHSD), a CIJA affiliate, we personally invite you to help us commemorate the victims of the Shoah.
CJHSD has joined CIJA and the World Jewish Congress in what will be the largest global Holocaust commemoration ever. Please join hundreds of thousands around the world who have already participated in the We Remember campaign. It’s easy. Just take a photo of you, your family and your friends holding a sign that says ‘We Remember’ and then share it on social media with the hashtag #WeRemember. You can download a sign here.
We, the Survivors, remember. How can those of us who witnessed firsthand the most barbaric and horrific acts against our people ever forget? We also remember, with gratitude, the many families who were honoured as Righteous Among the Nations for their courage and heroism.
As the number of Survivors dwindles, it is more important than ever that the horrors of the Shoah remain present in the public consciousness so they are never repeated. As Survivors, we’ve drawn enormous strength from the outpouring of support demonstrated through commemoration activities in Canada and around the world.
We must pass the torch of remembrance to the next generation. Please reach out to friends, schools, churches, synagogues, youth organizations, and community leaders and encourage them to participate in the We Remember campaign. Also, we encourage you to attend the memorial to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Ottawa on Friday, January 27th.
Together, let us renew our collective vow: Never Again.
Hank Rosenbaum and Sidney Zoltak
Co-Presidents, Canadian Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants (CJHSD)