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 Monday, April 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Montrealers are invited to honour the memory of Holocaust victims from their homes and participate in this virtual ceremony.
Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Commemoration
This year’s commemoration was originally planned to highlight the 75th anniversary of liberation and the end of the Holocaust. It now serves the additional purpose of demonstrating the entire Jewish community’s solidarity with Holocaust survivors, who are in our thoughts during these difficult and isolating times. The commemoration will feature traditional readings, poems, messages of hope, songs, and survivor testimonies. Among the confirmed speakers are the following individuals:
- David Levy, Consul General of Israel in Montreal
- Gail Adelson-Marcovitz, President of Federation CJA
- Fishel Goldig, Holocaust survivor and Montreal Holocaust Museum speaker
- Tommy Strasser, Holocaust survivor, Montreal Holocaust Museum speaker, and volunteer at the Cummings Centre
- Rabbi Lisa Grushcow, Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom
- Naomi Azrieli, President of the Azrieli Foundation
- The Honorable Jacques Saada, President of Communauté sépharade unifiée du Québec and Montreal Holocaust Museum board member
- Avraham Elarar, President of the Canadian Sephardi Federation
- Brenda Gewurz, Co-President of CIJA Quebec
- Bobby Titleman, Co-Chair of March of the Living 2020
- Jason Rosenblatt, JPPS Choir Director
Stay tuned to the Museum’s social media pages on Tuesday, April 21 to see full length survivor testimony videos from Eva Kuper (in English) and the late Jean Kutscher (in French).
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.
Toolkit for a Virtual Yom Hashoah Commemoration at Home
Due to COVID-19, we will be unable to gather this year for Yom Hashoah, the annual Holocaust commemoration ceremony, which will be taking place on Tuesday April 21, 2020. The Montreal Holocaust Museum (MHM) has prepared the following toolkit so that you can commemorate Yom Hashoah virtually with your students or family.