The title “Righteous Among the Nations” is awarded to non-Jewish individuals who risked their lives and the lives of their families to rescue Jews from the threat of death during the Holocaust. The price that rescuers paid, if caught, was extermination. When most people collaborated with the Nazis or turned a blind eye to the mass deportation and systematic murder of Jews, these individuals stood apart in their moral conviction and human solidarity.
The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem (CSYV) has the responsibility to honor the “Righteous Among the Nations” or their descendants living in Canada, on behalf of the State of Israel. The CSYV has honoured 20 individuals in special ceremonies in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.