“I had long repressed my memories. Then everything came back to me: the deportation, the raids, the trek to free France . . . Today, I share my test...
“I had long repressed my memories. Then everything came back to me: the deportation, the raids, the trek to free France . . . Today, I share my testimony with young people ages 12 to 14. For me, it is a duty of remembrance. It is very moving to know that young people in Quebec from the four corners of the world are interested in my story and the story of the Holocaust. When they ask me: ’What can we do?’ I tell them of a burning forest and of all the animals that flee, except for a hummingbird that returns to the blaze. He douses it with a little bit of water, again and again. When the others ask him: ‘But what’s the point?’ he answers them: ‘I do what I can.”
Each year more than 16,000 people, 70% of whom are students, are sensitized to the dangers of intolerance through Holocaust education, thanks to your support.
"What is the impact of the past on our present generation and their future identity as Jews? This is the core question that shapes our school's work w...
"What is the impact of the past on our present generation and their future identity as Jews? This is the core question that shapes our school's work with the community archives. When young students explore their history and become engaged with their past through stories, pictures and artifacts, they internalize the values and aspirations of the Jewish journey and become motivated to pass it from generation to generation, Me-Dor Le-Dor.
It is wonderful to see our students' projects included in a special exhibit that tells the story of their families, for future generations to be inspired."
Federation CJA's funding helps ensure that our collective history in Montreal over the last 275 years is protected and cherished. The community archives have gathered over 120,000 items, including a vast collection of documents, recordings and photographs.