The March of the Living is a program funded by Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA and by local UJA and CJA Federations.

Witness: Passing the Torch of Holocaust Memory to New Generations Opens at the United Nations with MOL Alumna Jordana Lebowitz

Tonight’s opening of the March of the Living 30th Anniversary Exhibit “Witness” at the United Nations, hosted by His Excellency Ambassador Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, will be broadcast live and on-demand on the UN Web TV beginning at 7PM at http://webtv.un.org.

Monday (Jan 29th) an event is being sponsored at the UN by Ambassador Danny Danon, permanent representative of Israel to the UN as part of next week’s Holocaust Education Remembrance events at the UN. We expect about 50 UN ambassadors to attend.

The event features the launch of and Exhibit called:: Witness: Passing the Torch of Holocaust Memory to New Generations, which contains reflections and images of Holocaust survivors and students who have traveled on the March of the Living since 1988.

There will be a great deal of Canadian content at the event.

The March of the Living Exhibit itself – Witness: Passing the Torch of Holocaust Remembrance to New Generations – contains photos and poems largely from Canadian Holocaust survivors and students. Further the MC and one of the main speakers is a Canadian student – Jordana Lebowitz – who is an alumna of the 2012 March of the Living program.

Jordana recently co-wrote a book about her experiences covering the Oskar Groening trial in Germany which she attended along with three Canadian March of the Living survivors – Max Eisen, Hedy Bohm, & Bill Glied – who testified at the trial. She was inspired to cover the trial and write the book because of her March of the Living experience. See this link for her speech. https://youtu.be/0cxNknDTkFk

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.

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David Shentow Obituary

DavidShentow-640x480David Shentow, one of Canada’s best-known Holocaust survivors and educators, died June 12 at the age of 92 following a lengthy illness.

By all accounts, Shentow, who was born in Warsaw in 1925, suffered more than most people could bear by the time he was liberated from the Dachau concentration camp on his 20th birthday.

Faced with starvation, hard labour, disease, harsh winters and a death march, Shentow was the only person in his immediate family to come out of the war alive. He lost both his parents and two sisters.

Shentow, who raised two daughters, Renee and Lorie, in Ottawa with his wife of 67 years, Rose, was buried in Toronto on June 14. He had moved to a Toronto nursing home as his health failed so his Toronto-area family could better care for him.

During the funeral service, Eli Rubenstein, national director of March of the Living Canada – through which he developed a relationship with Shentow, who joined the trip in the 2000s as an educator – recalled some of the horrific stories Shentow told.

Read the full obituary on CJN.

Read Eli Rubenstein’s eulogy.

Passing of David Shentow

March of the Living Canada expresses it sadness over the passing of