I never expected to meet a Holocaust rescuer while traveling in China this summer. Yet on a sweltering summer day in Shanghai, I was introduced to just such an unsung hero. The son of a Holocaust survivor, I spent my childhood listening to my father’s stories about the family he lost, his daring escape from the train that was supposed to carry him to his death and his will to live life to the fullest on behalf of those who would never have that chance. I learned many lessons from these stories, the most important being that we all have a responsibility to protect the vulnerable around us. These lessons informed my life. I studied sociology at university, then became a social worker for the Children’s Aid Society in Ottawa. I spent a number of years trying to protect at-risk children from the imminent dangers in their lives. Despite all my efforts, it always hurt to know that there were people around these incredibly vulnerable children who saw what was happening, but chose to do nothing.Eventually, I moved on to a new phase in my career, becoming an advocate for Canada’s Jewish community. I’ve spent nearly 30 years doing this work, and for most of it I have been heartened by the will of so many Canadians to fight hate in all its forms. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many Holocaust survivors who inspire me through their willingness to keep fighting for a better world despite the horrors they endured.