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BBYO Lake Ontario Hosts Holocaust Survivor at Lebovic Jewish Community Campus

Vaughan, ON — On Wednesday, November 4th, BBYO Lake Ontario Region hosted Holocaust Survivor Edward Fisch at the Lebovic Jewish Community Campus to speak about his personal experiences during the Holocaust. The event was one of more than a hundred programs throughout Holocaust Education Week, coordinated annually by UJA’s Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. Titled “In Conversation with Edward Fisch”the program was attended by over 200 teens, parents and community guests who listened to Fisch’s heartfelt story of his life in Hungary during World War II and his journey to Canada after the Holocaust. After Mr. Fisch’s story, the program moved into a question & answer session spurring questions about his decision to move to Canada, his search for his brother after the war, the effect of the Holocaust on his family, the importance of Israel today and his thoughts about how best to share stories like his with future generations.

In sharing his story, Mr. Fisch promoted spreading kindness and standing up for others and added many personal anecdotes. Mr. Fisch’s speaking was very impactful and emotional through his stories of struggling with loss in his family such as his father leaving to a labour camp and his mother being taken from him by the Nazi’s. Though it was hard for him to talk about the atrocities committed, Mr. Fisch spoke to educate us, the younger generation on why we must persevere, always act kind and stand up for one another.

To conclude the program, Mr. Fisch, an alumnus of BBYO in Toronto, was presented with a membership pin of the Aleph Zadik Aleph as a token of gratitude nearly 70 years after he first joined. The successful event with Neuberger Holocaust Education Week is a program with major potential to become a landmark of BBYO Lake Ontario Region’s yearly calendar.

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