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First Holocaust Survivors Tracing Centre opens in Montreal
By Mike Cohen The Suburban Eleven years ago, the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors supported social worker Myra Giberovitch by creating a permanent program dedicated to the Holocaust survivor community by identifying their unique needs and implementing services to address them. Giberovitch, the child of Holocaust survivors, has now helped spearhead a groundbreaking partnership between the CJCS and the Canadian Red Cross with the establishment of the first Holocaust Tracing Centre in Canada. ?This service is innovative because it?s the first time the Red Cross has come into a community setting to address the unique needs of Holocaust survivors,? Giberovitch said at a press conference last week. ?The vision began in November when I received a Red Cross Tracing Request Form which was distributed at a presentation at the Montreal Holocaust Memorial. I noticed the address on these forms was on Nun?s Island. I fol- lowed up with Ginette Archambault of the Canadian Red Cross and asked if any Holocaust survivors used their tracing service. She replied ?very few,? In fact, the Red Cross was looking for a way to make this service more accessible to the Jewish community. I explained how our agency provides centralized services unique to the survivor community. She liked the idea of offering the tracing service through CJCS. When something is meant to be, circumstances manifest to make it a reality. The timing was perfect, conditions were right, and we began the process to make it happen.? Melinda Wells, director of humanitarian issues at the Canadian Red Cross, says that her organization has access to all the resources of the International Red Cross Movement, including the International Tracing Service in Arolsen, Germany, Red Cross and Red Crescent societies found in 186 countries and the Magen David Adom in Israel. ?This information sharing will help in the processing of tracing requests,? she said. ?In ed meeting at Merton School a week ago Monday, explained that Côte St. Luc?s bylaw has a provision against improper sorting of garbage and recyclables. ?The purpose of the new policy is that you put the right thing in the right container, so what we?re asking people to do is put organic in organic (brown bins), recycling in recycling (blue bins) and whatever the past, long delays may have discouraged people from looking. We hope now that by opening this centre it will in fact encourage people to seek out this information.? Giberovitch hopes that by making this information available in a timely fashion it will be helpful in providing missing information from survivors? lives. ?Why is a tracing service still necessary 60 years after World War II?? she asks. ?Many survivors have not given up looking for family members. Some survivors still look through telephone books when they travel, seeking familiar names. Survivors are in the final stages of their lives. More and more they are reflecting and they want to fill in missing pieces of their history.? The Holocaust Survivors? Tracing Centre is a free and confidential service. Holocaust survivors interested in learning more about lost relatives and tracing the past can begin the process by calling Mara Schneiderman for an appointment at 514-343-3529 ext. 7206. The centre will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. ?
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is left in the garbage can. Côte St. Luc has made an all-out effort to increase recycling, and has pioneered widespread composting of garden and other waste. ?An honest mistake is forgiven, there?s no problem,? the District 3 councillor said. ?But if people systematically refuse to use their bins, See RECYCLE, page 14