OTTAWA- On Tuesday April 23rd, MP Mark Adler helped organize, and participated in, a series of events in Ottawa to honour Holocaust survivors and commemorate those who were murdered at the hands of the Nazis during the war.
The main event of the day was a ceremony at the Canadian War Museum, attended by hundreds of survivors, parliamentarians and community leaders. MP Adler read a letter to those assembled written by a young Jewish girl to her mother as she was being led to her death.
Part of the letter said: “Do not be sorry, I am not at all scared. As I am the eldest, I explained to the other children that we are all going to die at some point. In fact, it is not so bad. It’s just that we will die a bit earlier. Here on earth, amongst the Germans, life is so very terrible, and up there in the sky, amongst angels, it is certain there are no Germans. Therefore, it is better to be rid of the Germans sooner.”
Notable guests at the ceremony included National Chair of the Canadian Society For Yad Vashem, Fran Sonshine, The Honourable Jason Kenney, Her Excellency Miriam Ziv, and many others.
“As the only child of a Holocaust survivor ever elected to Canada’s Parliament, it is a priority of mine to raise awareness about the atrocities of the Shoah and to educate others about what happened under the Nazi regime,” MP Adler said. “It is extremely meaningful to see so many Canadian political figures join together to honour the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis.”
“It is our duty to ensure history does not repeat itself,” MP Adler said. “Never Again.”