Apr 12: Yom HaShoah is a day set aside to honour those who lost their lives during the Holocaust and to celebrate those who survived. Here’s is what 93 year-old survivor Ted Bolgar said:

“I wanted my children to grow up as regular Canadian children,”

“One to ensure the continuity of the Jewish race so I got married — I have two children, I have six grandchildren and two new grandchildren. The other obligation one was not to let the world forget the Holocaust.”

“I end up [giving] my speech to the children that I’m talking to, that I hope when it will be their generation to run this world, they’ll be smart enough to live in peace,”

Another survivor Ernest Ehrmann, 90 years old state:

“I feel like I lost a big part of my youth, I was deported when I was 16,”

“When I went back home after liberation with my brother, we found out that our parents and one of our sisters have been murdered in Auschwitz. We found our house empty. We were very angry.”

“One night I had a dream I was eating “treif” [non-kosher food] my parents appeared and said to me: ‘Is this the way we brought you up?’ I woke up in a cold sweat and I cried. I decided that for their sake, I’d return to Judaism.”

“I’m grateful to the almighty God that I’ve lived to see my children and grandchildren growing up in a normal way of life, which was not granted to my dear parents,”

“I consider it to be a great gift that I survived, a gift not to be taken for granted because all of those who survived did so not because they were smart or heroic but because they were lucky. I am one of those who count their lucky stars.”

Source: Global News

 

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