Premier Doug Ford and CSYV Pay Tribute to Five Holocaust Survivors

Queen’s Park, May 1, 2019

From left to right: Fran Sonshine, National Chair (CSYV); Premier Doug Ford; Holocaust survivors: Helena Weksberg, Aaron Nussbaum, Lilia Tsareva, Dr. Renate Krakauer, Eva Meisels; Ester Driham, National Executive Director (CSYV).

On May 1, 2019, the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem (CSYV), in collaboration with the Government of Ontario, paid tribute to five Holocaust Survivors, who have rebuilt their post-war lives in Ontario.

During the Ceremony, Ontario Premier Doug Ford delivered the keynote address. CSYV National Chair, Fran Sonshine and CSYV National Executive Director, Ester Driham awarded Holocaust Survivors with distinguished certificates in a tribute to their tremendous courage, strength and heroism.

Members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario – The Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, Rima Berns-McGown, M.P.P. for Beaches-East York, John Fraser, M.P.P. for Ottawa South, Roman Baber, M.P.P. for York-Centre, Gila Martow, M.P.P. for Thornhill recognized and presented survivors’ unique stories, as they were honoured.

Galit Baram, Consul General of Israel to Toronto and Western Canada, delivered a heartfelt address in honour of the survivors.

The following individuals were recognized at the 2019 Tribute to Holocaust Survivors:

Dr. Renate Krakauer

Eva Meisels

Aaron Nussbaum

Lilia Tsareva

Helena Weksberg

“I want to recognize the tremendous courage of the honourees, and to thank them for their strength in sharing their stories as survivors of the Holocaust and for giving a voice to those who perished in this unparalleled human tragedy. I would also like to acknowledge, with gratitude, the vital role they are playing in raising awareness of the need to continue to take a strong stand against all forms of hatred, bigotry and persecution.”

Doug FordPremier of Ontario

“From this dark period in our history comes remarkable stories of faith, hope, resilience, and determination. We must honour these stories by heeding their lessons on the importance of understanding, acceptance and respect for one another’s beliefs, values and traditions.”

The Honourable Caroline MulroneyAttorney General

“As the number of Holocaust survivors diminishes over time, it is a vital task to ensure that they and their first-hand experiences will never be forgotten.”

Galit BaramConsul General of Israel to Toronto and Western Canada

“Each of today’s honourees has demonstrated courage, strength, and resilience throughout their lives –as individuals who experienced the tremendous toll of the Holocaust and as they struggled to rebuild their lives here in Ontario. The five beautiful families who have joined us here today serve as both a legacy and a testament to these brave individuals who we will honour here today.”

Fran SonshineCSYV National Chair

“We must listen to the stories of Holocaust survivors and learn from them. Their stories of survival and post-war lives are exemplary. They guide us in our mission to educate Canadians, especially youth, about the lessons of the Holocaust. CSYV’s programs encourages students to examine basic moral issues. It teaches them that the study of the Holocaust is a fundamental subject for promoting tolerance, combatting prejudice and Antisemitism.”

Ester DrihamCSYV National Executive Director