Category : From the Desk of the National Director

Witness: Eli Rubenstein interview on polish radio

Polish Radio’s Monika Kolet spoke to Rubenstein before the launch of the book, which aims to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.

Listen to the interview here.

View Canadian Government’s St. Louis Apology

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018

Ottawa – Parliament Hill

Ottawa – Evening Reception

PM Justin Trudeau Remarks March of the Living 30th Anniversary Gala

Thank you, Nate, for your kind introduction. And thanks everyone gathered here at the March of the Living – This is our Legacy Gala for the warm welcome.

Before we begin, I want to say a few words about my dear friend Nate, who so bravely shared his story with countless Canadians.

He, along with other Holocaust survivors, many of who are in the room tonight, have brought one of History’s darkest chapters to life, reminding us of our shared responsibility to never let such hatred take root in our homes, our schools, and societies.

To Eli Rubenstein and the organizers of tonight’s event National Chair, Heshy Altbaum, Toronto Chair, Marcy Abramsky, and Dinner Chairs, Ruth Ekstein, Tammy Glied and Jennifer Green – I would like to thank you for all you do to support this important initiative.

Read the full remarks here.

From the Desk of the National Director – Cast a Stone Upon the Waters: The Origins of Canada’s National Holocaust Monument & the March of Remembrance and Hope

Just a few days ago, the Federal Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, unveiled its national Holocaust Monument in Ottawa.

They say that “Success has many parents, but failure is an orphan.”

So I want to emphasize, that there many people who can take credit for this achievement, but the lion’s share of the credit goes to Laura Grosman, who began this initiative 10 years ago when she was just a teenager.

As an 18-year-old student from Thornhill, in 2007, Laura was studying Government and Canadian history at the University of Ottawa, and wanted to visit the Holocaust Memorial in Ottawa – until she discovered there was none. She simply could not believe that in the nation’s capital, there was no national Holocaust memorial.

In fact, until last week Canada was the only Allied nation without an official Holocaust monument.

So this 18 year old teen went ahead to rectify this wrong.

Read the Full Article

THE DAY WORDS FAILED ELIE WIESEL

PHOTO-ÉLIE-WIESEL-640x426By Eli Rubenstein

It was the 1990 March of the Living. Thousands of young people from around the world had gathered on Holocaust Remembrance Day in the ruins of Auschwitz-Birkenau for our closing ceremony.

Elie Wiesel began to speak. The crowd hung on his every word. As he approached the end of his remarks, his voice filled with indignation, then despair:

“How can one not be concerned with anti-Semitism? We were convinced that anti-Semitism perished here. Anti-Semitism did not perish; its victims perished here.

“Children of the Jewish People, do you ever see what I see here? I see so many children and so many parents, and so many teachers and so many students. I see them. Forever will I see them. I see them walking in their nocturnal procession, wandering, crying, praying.

“Forever will I see the children who no longer have the strength to cry. Forever will I see the elderly who no longer have the strength to help them. Forever will I see the mothers and the fathers, the grandfathers and grandmothers, the little school children, their teachers, the righteous and the pious. From where do we take the tears to cry over them? Who has the strength to cry for them?

“Years and years ago, I saw… I cannot tell you what I saw. I am afraid. I am afraid that if I told you we would all break out in tears and we would not stop. I see a young girl…”

And then suddenly, Elie Wiesel shook his head and walked off the stage, unable to share his story. It was just too heartbreaking for him to continue.