Yom HaShoah 2019

YH 2019 16The Victoria Shoah Project welcomed 150 Victoria community members to its annual commemoration in the Jewish cemetery on Sunday, May 5. This year’s theme, From Generation to Generation, asked how do we pass the legacy of the Shoah when eye-witness survivors are no longer with us? How can we best apply the lessons of our enormous tragedy in a world where hatred of others has risen so alarmingly that killing people because they belong to a despised group is all too common once again?

A beautiful spring morning comforted our hearts as we listened to the Honourable Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, tell her family story; Anabel Wind’s voice soared in harmony with her daughter, Orian, and two youth from Habonim Dror, Rachel Oppenheimer and Sammy Herzog, told the story of their predecessors, the youth of the Warsaw ghetto, as they prepared their uprising.

On this day, civic leaders and citizens, Jews and non-Jews, stood together to remember and strengthen our resolve to unite against hatred, racism and discrimination in our community and beyond.

The Victoria Shoah Project is a group of survivors, descendants, educators and caring individuals whose passion is to share innovative, informative and inspirational ways to honour, educate about and commemorate the Shoah. We thank everyone for their contributions and participation.

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