“Righteous Among the Nations were ordinary men and women who demonstrated extraordinary courage during the Holocaust. These individuals from various backgrounds across Europe had a common characteristic: conviction in the responsibility to help guided by moral choices. These are the values the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem aims to convey to the next generation of Canadians through its Holocaust education programs.”
“All those who hid or gave assistance to Jews during World War II did so at extraordinary personal risk. As the descendant of Holocaust survivors, I feel deeply privileged to take part in this celebration of courage and humanity. The State of Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people, sees honouring these remarkable individuals as an almost sacred duty. The people of Israel and Jews the world over will forever be grateful to them for bringing light and hope during mankind’s darkest hour,” wrote Galit Baram, the consul general of Israel in Toronto and Western Canada, in a statement to The CJN.