WATCH: B.C. Holocaust survivors participate in candle lighting ceremony to mark Holocaust memorial day
MLA’s from all parties joined members of B.C.’s Jewish community to mark Holocaust memorial day.
B.C. Holocaust survivors participated in the ceremony today lighting six candles in honour of the six million Jewish men, women and children killed by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945.
For one NDP MLA, today’s candle lighting has special meaning.
“It reminds me of my parents who are no longer with me who were holocaust refugees,” said George Heyman, NDP MLA. “I grew up with stories of the Holocaust, I grew with my parents and my grandmother who were scarred for life by what they witnessed and what they experienced.”
Heyman said, it’s important to pass on memories and stories from survivors to future generations.
“Remembering the horrors and taking the lessons to reach out to protect our own community and reach out to other communities,” Heyman said.
In 2003 Holocaust Memorial Day was established as an official day of commemoration in Canada.