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Latrun Mega Event, May 2, 2017

Righteous Among the Nations Stories from the March of the Living Digital Archive Project

Dinner of Miracles XI – Thomas Walther’s Speech

Madam/Mister Chairman,
ladies and gentlemen,
and may I include all of you when I address you most sincerely as – My dear friends!

It was November 3rd when Rabbi Eli Rubenstein asked me whether I would be willing to come at Hanukkah and speak to you all in Toronto. My diary was already well filled with appointments for the days before Christmas. But a diary does not necessarily reflect all the expectations and wishes of people with whom I am bound in love and affection. So it is the ties of affection which have brought me to meet you here today.

You wish me to describe the Groening trial, including the events leading up to it, its planning and execution.

But I would like to start by sharing with you some remarks concerning my own spiritual connection to the guiding principle of Hanukkah.

Read the full speech:
Thomas_Walter_December 10,2015

Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA stands in solidarity w/Muslim community

Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA stands in solidarity with the Muslim community following an act of terrorism that left six people dead and eight others injured after a shooting at a Quebec City mosque Sunday night.

“Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of this tragedy.  In these unprecedented times, we must stand together against hatred and violence. The Canadian Jewish community stands in solidarity with the Muslim community of Quebec City and Canada as they struggle to deal with the aftermath of this act of terrorism in the days to come.”
– Julia Berger Reitman, Chair of Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA

Rabbi Reuben Poupko, co-chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs-Quebec said “the Jewish community is horrified by the murderous shooting at the Sainte-Foy mosque. Nothing justifies the murder of innocent civilians assembled in a place of worship. Our thoughts are with the victims and their relatives, as well as all our fellow Muslim citizens.”

David J. Cape, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following: “Last night’s deadly attack on the mosque in Ste-Foy, Quebec is horrifying and repugnant. Canadian Jewry stands in solidarity with the Muslim community and we say unequivocally that an attack on any of us is an attack on all of us. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims and their families.

“We call on Jews across the country to join our Muslim brothers and sisters and all Canadians of good faith and participate in solidarity vigils from coast to coast. Standing together, our determination to reject this hatred, will be the most powerful response to intolerance and violence.

“There is no room for such acts of hate in our society, and we are confident that Canadian law enforcement will bring the perpetrators of this heinous attack to swift justice.”

Prime minister Justin Trudeau affirmed on Twitter the values the Jewish community shares with Canada “Such senseless violence has no place in Canadian society. We will not close our minds. We will open our hearts.” Read his full statement here

Canada has always been a country that celebrates diversity and multiculturalism and espouses the values of peace and tolerance.  Solidarity vigils are scheduled in communities across the country. Contact your local federation for details on events in your area.

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.