MONTREAL, OCTOBER 24, 2011 – In what will be a meaningful and emotional experience, 90 students from Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Leonard will travel to Bialik High School in Côte Saint Luc (6502 Kildare Road) on Friday, November 11 (10 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.) to commemorate Remembrance Day.
This will be the first of two opportunities to spend time with and learn from Holocaust survivors, Canadian war veterans and Canadian peacekeepers. Throughout the morning, the students will engage in intimate and candid conversations with the invited guests about their experiences and memories from the war.
To officially mark Remembrance Day, remarks will be delivered by Mount Royal Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, Saint-Léonard/Saint-Michel. Liberal MP Massimo Pacetti, Côte Saint-Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather, World War II veterans Alex Hall and George Mann and Master Corporal Marco Mastantuno from the Canadian Armed Forces. A number of students from both schools will also participate via Remembrance Day movie creation, power point, musical and other presentations.
Students will conclude the day with two interactive mini-sessions (11:10 a.m. and 12:25 p.m.), ensuring that every individual has had the opportunity to hear the eyewitness accounts from the invited guests. Facilitating these sessions will be Holocaust survivors Michael Siretsky, Batia Bettman, Sidney Zoltak and Leon Jedekin. The latter was a child survivor of the war in Shanghai, China, when the Japanese occupied the city on December 8, 1941, and which the U.S. Army subsequently liberated in the latter part of August 1945.
This cross cultural connection marks the continuation of a relationship between Laurier Macdonald and Bialik, which began six years ago as part of a program involving the renaming of the former Wagar High School building in Côte Saint-Luc after Giovanni Palatucci, a righteous gentile who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. This event is being organized by EMSB Spiritual Animator Vince Lacroce, Bialik teacherAnnie Abitboland Diane Dupuis-Kallos, events coordinator at Bialik.