In honour of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday, our Senior School students heard from Max Eisen in Monday's virtual Assembly. Mr. Eisen shared the story of how at the age of 15, he and his family members were deported to Auschwitz in spring 1944. He went on to lose more than 60 family members in the Holocaust, but made a promise to his father that he would bear witness to what happened should he survive.
As a lifelong Holocaust educator, and more recently author, Max has shared his experiences as a concentration camp survivor throughout Canada. His book, By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz,was published in 2016.
Max’s advice to students living in lockdown today was to have a goal and a purpose to keep on getting up every morning and focus on what you need to do. He also encouraged everyone to not be a quiet bystander to any form of antisemitism, racism or intolerance. We must stand up and say it is wrong.
Thank you to Mason Davis ’22 for organizing this very special speaker.
CDS wishes to recognize and acknowledge the land on which the school operates. For thousands of years, these have been the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We also recognize the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Anishinaabe and the Haudenosaunee peoples who also shared this land. CDS respects the relationship with these lands and recognizes that our connection can be strengthened by our continued relationship with all First Nations, by acknowledging our shared responsibility to respect and care for these lands and waters for future generations.
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