It was heart-warming to see how important Holocaust education is to people young and old, and how relevant they find it is to their heritage and personal identity to commit to learning retelling survivors' stories.
Eli Wiesel once said that when you listen to a witness, you become a witness.
From Helena Jokel's short film We Sang in Hushed Voice to the reading of an excerpt from Anna Molnar Hegedus memoir As The Lilacs Bloomed, exquisitely rendered by Canadian actress Lauren Collins, and John Freund's reading from his biography Spring's End, there was absolute silence as the audience paid rapt attention to all those on stage.
The event was hosted by Elin Beaumont of the Azrieli Foundation and co-sponored by JUMP (Jewish Urban Meeting Place). Following the singing of Hatikvah, Rabbi Joel Wardinger, JUMP's director, invited the survivors present to light a candle with Beaumont, and then invited the children and grandchildren of survivors to do the same in remembrance of all those who lost their lives at the hands of the Nazis.
The imperative to remember and never forget does indeed seem to be in good hands.