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Yom HaShoah Service and Commemoration

Six descendants of Holocaust survivors will light six candles to honour the memory of The Six Million Jewish lives lost.

Our congregant, John Freund, will share his remarkable story of survival and dedicate a “Survivor Torah Scroll” to be on permanent loan from the Memorial Scrolls Trust to Holy Blossom Temple. It will be treasured and protected here for generations to come.

John Freund, has written and spoken internationally about his hometown in Czechoslovakia, becoming a Bar Mitzvah in Terezin (Theresienstadt), and the loss of his childhood in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He survived Mengele’s selection, heavy labour, and a death march to Flossenburg in Germany. He was liberated in April 1944 and in February 1948 was granted a visa to come to Canada as a Jewish war orphan.

Today John and his wife Nora are blessed with three daughters and ten grandchildren. They travel widely and are devoted members of Holy Blossom Temple.

As part of our Yom HaShoah Commemoration, following the service, Holy Blossom Temple welcomes best selling author Heather Morris

“I tattooed her number on her left arm, and she tattooed her number on my heart.”
Ludwig Sokolov

In 2003, Heather Morris was introduced to an elderly gentleman who “might just have a story worth telling.” The day she met Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov changed both their lives, as Heather listened to his unforgettable story.

One day in July 1942, as Lale (prisoner 32407) tattooed the arm of a young woman named Gita (prisoner 34902), he looked into her eyes and instantly fell in love. His life given purpose once again, Lale vowed to somehow survive the camp and marry Gita.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz has become an international bestseller and tells Lale’s story: A vivid, harrowing and ultimately hopeful re-creation of his experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.




for more information, please contact Debbie Spiegel: [email protected]


May 2, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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