The 2013 Holocaust Memorial Program will be featuring Eli Rubenstein, the National Director of the March of the Living Canada, and Max Eisen, a Holocaust Survivor. Both Rubenstein and Eisen will be speaking with groups of students on April 25th and 26th, while Eisen will be the keynote speaker at the Memorial on Sunday April 28 at 1:30 PM.
Max Eisen was fifteen years old when he was sent to Auschwitz during the final year of the Second World War. While in the camp, his father, uncle and himself were forced into slave labor. Those who could not work were told their lives were of no value and were then marched into the gas chambers.
Two months later Eisen’s father and uncle were selected for medical experiments. In the span of three months the Nazi’s killed 450,000 Hungarian Jews, and among those killed were his brothers and sister.
Max said “I remember every single day”, “How does one survive this? I cannot tell you how..but here I am.” “We need to remember the past so we don’t repeat the same mistakes.
Eli Rubenstein is the religious leader of Congregation Habonim, a small liberal synagogue in Toronto founded by Holocaust survivors from Germany and other eastern European countries. He has served the Congregation since 1988, and helped shepherd its growth from an 80 family Congregation to its current size of 300 families.
Eli is also the National Director of the March of the Living, an annual educational program that gathers thousands of Jewish youth from around the world in Poland and Israel to mark two of the most significant dates in the modern Jewish calendar. The program culminates with the March of the Living on Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day and continues on in Israel, where the students take part in important commemorative and celebratory events, including Yom Haatsmaut (Israel’s Independence Day)
Eli is also the founder of the March of Remembrance and Hope, an educational initiative for college and university students of diverse faiths and ethnic backgrounds designed to teach about the grave consequences of hatred and prejudice through the study of the Holocaust in Poland and Germany.
The Saskatoon Holocaust Memorial Committee is very excited this year to have both Eli Rubenstein and Max Eisen speak to over 2,000 students from the Saskatoon and Extended area.