Saint John Holocaust Memorial Day / Yom Hashoah

Monday May 1st, 7:30pm-9pm, Saint John Jewish Historical Museum

The programme will feature a keynote address by Mr. Gershon Willinger. His parents Guido and Edith Helene Rothschild-Willinger were murdered in Sobibor on July 2, 1943, one year after he was born. At the age of five months he was hidden with a non-Jewish family before being taken to the Children’s Home at Camp Westerbork. In September 1944, he was sent on the last train transport from Westerbork Holland to Auschwitz with 50 other children. The children were later transported to Theresienstadt, which was liberated in 1945 by the Russian Army. Gershon Willinger was returned to Holland where he moved between foster homes, orphanages and a sanatorium before being placed with a permanent Jewish foster family in 1950. He was granted Dutch citizenship in 1959, having been “stateless” since his birth. From 1960 to 1977 he lived in Israel where he was a social worker. He came to Canada with his family in 1977.

Memorial candles will be lit in memory of victims of the Holocaust.

The Beatrice Cummings Mayer Prizes will be presented to high school students who participated in the Jewish Holocaust Study Group. The group was jointly organized by the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum and the Anglophone School District South. The students’ work will be available for viewing in the Museum before and after the programme.

For further information please contact the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum : 506-633-1833 or sjjhm@nbnet.nb.ca

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