Given the current health crisis and the cancellation of the traditional in-person commemoration of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), the Museum will hold a virtual event on its Facebook page on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 6:00 pm. Montrealers are invited to honour the memory of Holocaust victims from their homes and participate in this virtual ceremony.

  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 6:00 pm
  • On the Museum’s Facebook page
  • Reservations not required

In partnership with Federation CJA, the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, the Azrieli Foundation, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, the Cummings Centre, the Atlantic Jewish Council, the Canadian Sephardi Federation, and Communauté Sépharade Unifiée du Québec.

Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Commemoration

Holocaust survivors invite Montrealers to commemorate Yom Hashoah V’HaG’vurah, Holocaust & Heroism Remembrance Day, to remember the victims of the Shoah, honour the survivors and consider how we can learn from the Holocaust as we look to the future.

This year’s virtual ceremony will include special survivor testimonies from Gilbert Uzan, Muguette Myers, Lily Toth, Leo Kliot, Pinchas Blitt, and the late Ursula Feist, as well as reflections from their children and grandchildren. The commemoration will also feature traditional readings, messages of hope, and a special musical performance from Alexandre Da Costa, Artistic Director and Conductor of Symphonic Orchestra of Longueuil.

Watch testimony clips from other Holocaust survivors who participated in past Yom Hashoah commemorations, like Agnes Kent:

Yom Hashoah was declared Holocaust Memorial Day in Quebec in 1999 and in Canada in 2003.

A Toolkit to Commemoration Yom Hashoah at Home or at School

The Montreal Holocaust Museum has prepared the following toolkit so that you can commemorate Yom Hashoah with your students, in class or virtually.

The toolkit is composed of:

And Additional Resources:

The Commemoration Photo

Salomon Fuchs and Erzsébet Stark were married in Budapest, Hungary on August 2, 1931. This photo was taken in front of the Dohány Street Synagogue where the ceremony took place. They had their daughter, Edith in 1932 and their son, Andrew in 1936. In October 1944, the family was forced to move to a house designated for Jews. Salomon and Erzsébet were deported to forced labour camps shortly thereafter. They were both killed at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Their children, Edith and Andrew survived the Holocaust.

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