The Holocaust resulted in the death of two-thirds of Europe’s Jews, six million people in all.
In addition,16 to 20 million non-Jewish victims were also murdered. But among the dead, they found survivors who would bear witness to the atrocities they endured.
Dr. Philip Riteman is one such witness. He survived five concentration camps as a forced labourer. He is the sole survivor of his immediate family.
For more than 40 years, he was unable to speak of the horrors he experienced. However, since 1989, he has spoken to thousands. His mission is to “educate today’s youth on the atrocities committed against millions of Jews and Gentiles by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime during World War II.” His message: “Hate destroys people, communities, and countries. Love binds us all together and makes a better world.”
Riteman will be speaking of his experiences on Yom HaShoah: the Holocaust Remembrance Day. All are welcome to attend on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at First United Baptist Church. A light lunch will be held after and Riteman will be available for questions. Copies of his book, A Holocaust Memoir: Millions of Souls, will be available for purchase.