Testimonies

“I was so pleased to support this project. After visiting Yad Vashem and the Holocaust Museum in Washington , DC I was very touched by the Shoah. As far as my family is aware, we lost no one close to us, but as far as I am concerned I lost many friends and relatives. When given Tibi’s name I felt it was B’shert! My Mother z”l ‘s maiden name was Abrams. But I was told when my Zaida’s parent’s came to Canada in the late 1800’s their name had been changed. I have asked my last living uncle, but at 97 years of age he is unable to tell me, what my Great Zaida’s last name was before he came to Canada. I remember my Mother telling me something as a child, but I have no records. I thought his birth name was Abraham! I am trying to look into this, because there is a possibility I am related to my adopted memory, Tibi’s family! My daughter and I looked when we visited Ellis Island a few years ago, but with minimal information we had no luck ( we believe my Great Zaida came to Canada via Ellis Island. I will continue to search. Meanwhile, Tibi will no longer be forgotten. I will always say Kaddish for him on 25 Cheshvan.” – Louise 

“I just attended a Shabbat Service at Shaarey Zedek and said Kaddish for Sofya. It was very moving to hear her name read by the Rabbi. I have been thinking a great deal about her, especially as I have two grand-daughters who are 7 and 11 years old, bracketing Sofya’s age of 9. I can’t help but think of her as she faced her death. Such a little girl, but old enough to understand and to feel terrible fear. This past Shabbat, I was called for an Aliyah during the reading of Parasha Yitro, which includes the Ten Commandments. As I stood at the Bimah with the Reader and the Gabbaiyim and the Rabbi, I was struck by how benevolent our religion is and how incomprehensible it is to have been murdered for practising it. I sent Sofya all my best loving thoughts and prayed that she is somewhere safe now. Thank you for introducing me to her. B’Shalom. ” – Marah

Alexandre Chambon| Unsplash.com