I was born and raised in Amsterdam (the city of Anne Frank and her family). We really cherished our Jewish friends and neighbours. In the ‘30s, many came to our city from Germany and were very welcome.
I think it is high time someone speaks up for the Jewish community, since Canada seems to be the only country on the side of Israel, their homeland. May I say with respect they did not choose, they were chosen like the royals.
On Jan. 8 I had the opportunity once again to be with the Jewish community. It was beautiful to see the large turnout and feel the atmosphere of love that I thought ‘this is my Canada.’
Some 50 years ago I had the opportunity to work daily with young people of all nationalities. I always thought Canadians stood head and shoulders above the rest. That is how as a young woman I chose to come to Canada.
I came to the conclusion that Canadians and Jewish people have a lot in common. I just hope other cities and Canada as a whole take note and follow Victoria’s lead.
Thank you for the privilege to live among you. Once again I congratulate myself for choosing this country.
It is on days like Jan. 8 I presume that it must feel good to be our creator.