Friday 27 April 2012

Brownstein speaks about his father-in laws survival of the holocaust in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Castel Royale residents commemorate HolocaustApril 25, 2012
Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban

The annual Yom Hashoah commemoration of the Holocaust at Côte St. Luc's Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem Synagogue is the most widely known community remembrance of the atrocities of the Nazis. But several other events were held last week to also remember the six million Jews who perished during World War II. One such ceremony was held at the Castel Royale residence in Côte St. Luc, where a smaller version of the community commemoration was held. Residents lit candles in memory of those who died, and also to represent the partisans who fought Nazis, veterans, the Polish army, the Russian army, the Israeli army and Castel Royale itself. Rabbi Mark Friedman, of the Castel Royale, offered words of inspiration. Eva Bass, a Holocaust survivor, said it would be impossible to explain everything she experienced during that time in Hungary. “I don't wish what we went through on anybody in the world.” Castel Royale director Sonya Miles told of a trip to Europe she took as a teenager. While there, she visited the house of Anne Frank, the Jewish girl who wrote her famous diary as her family was being hidden from the Nazis in Amsterdam. “This really meant a lot to me,” Miles said. “I remember the day like it was yesterday. When I went back to Europe two years later, I went to Poland and I wanted to go to Cracow, and I visited Auschwitz and Birkenau. When I crossed the gate, I felt very emotional.” Councillor Mitchell Brownstein said his father-in-law, Eddy Yagodzinsky, survived the Warsaw Ghetto through various harrowing means, including hiding in a barn, dressing as a Christian, living under a Polish man's identity and hiding in the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto after the uprising, where he was found and saved by a man named David Landau. Yagodzinsky is now 92. “The blood that goes through my children is thanks to his survival,” Brownstein pointed out.

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