Solidarity service will remember Holocaust, honour those who saved Jews

  • May 25, 2007
TORONTO - At the 26th annual Toronto Christian Service in Memory of the Holocaust, survivor Ada Wynston will light the seventh and last candle.
Wynston was a Jewish child in Holland during the Second World War. She was taken in by three different Christian families and hidden from the Nazis.

“I owe my life to these brave people. I owe them honour,” Wynston told The Catholic Register in an e-mail.

Wynston will light her candle after other Holocaust survivors and their children light the six candles of a menorah in memory of the six million Jews who died at the hands of the Nazis. Wynston’s separate candle will stand in memory of righteous gentiles who risked their lives on behalf of Jews during the Holocaust.

The annual prayer service is attended each year by Christians of all churches, and is presented by Christian Jewish Dialogue of Toronto. This year’s event will take place June 10 at 7 p.m. at Fairlawn United Church, 28 Fairlawn Ave., on the west side of Yonge Street north of the Lawrence subway station. The sermon will be preached by Anglican Canon Brian Prideaux.

In addition to Christian prayers, a cantor will sing kaddish, the Jewish prayer of mourning.

“It is a service of solidarity, ending with everyone having a lighted candle,” said Wynston.

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