Staff Reporter

MONTREAL — As Quebec Lt.-Gov. Lise Thibault looked on, Holocaust survivors and their children and grandchildren rose from their seats and silently pledged to forever remember the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust and “the depths to which humanity can sink.â€?

That promise was delivered by Selena Sporn Garellek, a member of the “second generation,â€? and by survivor Ann Zoltak and Adam Barza, a member of the “third generation,â€? as more than 2,000 people filled the Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem Congregation on a rainy evening, for the annual community-wide Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration.

Thibault was clearly moved by the hour-long ceremony, telling Shoah survivors in the crowd that nobody in the future “should have to live the suffering you live every day of your life.â€?

She and others underscored the vital importance of transmitting the lessons of the Holocaust from one generation to the next and of recognizing the ultimate “immortalityâ€? of the victims whose memories will be cherished forever.