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									McGuinty Government Honours Holocaust Survivors
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty Pays Tribute To Survivors At Annual Ceremony, April 30/09




                                                                                Photo: Elliot Sylman

TORONTO - Premier Dalton McGuinty (back centre) joined the Canadian Society for Yad
Vashem’s National Chair, Fran Sonshine and Executive Director, Yaron Ashkenazi, to honour 12
Holocaust survivors, April 30/09, who have made contributions to their communities and
Ontario. The Premier, the Consul General of Israel, Amir R. Gissin, Minister of Citizenship and
Immigration, Michael Chan and MPP York Centre, Monte Kwinter presented each Honouree with
a scroll at a Queen’s Park Ceremony. Canadian Society for Yad Vashem’s Hank Rosenbaum was
MC.

Honourees are:

    Fay Goldlist                    Zelda Rosenfeld
    Elly Gotz                       Shoshana Rotenberg
    Pinchas Gutter                  Wolf (Bill) Rotman
    Peter Jablonski                 Helen Sonshine
    Frida Lebovici                  Edith Weiss
    Jack Mudryk                     Ernst Weiss

Read the Honourees’ stories (news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2009/04/biographies-of-holocaust-survivors-
4.html)

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QUOTES

 "The Holocaust was a dark chapter of human history, and those who survived emerged even stronger
than before. They imagined a better life for themselves and their families, and then realized that vision.
Ontario has been the beneficiary because not only have they survived, they have thrived and that's
what we're honouring - and grateful for - today."
   - Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

  "We must never forget the Holocaust. As today's youth grow older, and farther away from the
Second World War, it becomes even more important to share the stories and triumphs of its survivors,
and to lovingly remember all those who perished during this tragedy."
  - Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

  "What touches me most hearing the stories of our Holocaust survivors is how they persevered even
against such terrible odds. They came to Ontario with little more than they could carry, and raised
beautiful families, started successful businesses and helped build our great province to what it has
become today."
  - Monte Kwinter, MPP York Centre


QUICK FACTS

The mission of Yad Vashem is to ensure that future generations will know what befell the Jewish
People and so many others through education, research and remembrance.

Learn more about the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem (http://www.yadvashem.ca/).


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