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The Anti-Defamation League's Governor's Holocaust Remembrance Program is one of the largest in the United States and allows Coloradans of all faiths to come together to honor Holocaust survivors, remember those who perished, educate the community about this horrible crime against humanity and translate those lessons into contemporary action.

The 2018 program features a conversation with Sidney Zoltak, a Canadian Holocaust Survivor. An only child born in Poland in July, 1931, Sidney's idyllic childhood ended when the Nazis entered his town of Siemiatycze in 1939 and subsequently established a ghetto to which the Zoltaks were forced to relocate. On November 2, 1942, when the Nazis began the liquidation of the ghetto, Sidney and his parents, along with several members of his extended family, managed to escape and began hiding in the forest and in various farmers’ shelters. While hiding in the forest in May 1943, they met a 15-year-old shepherd boy whose sister knew the Zoltaks. Their family sheltered the Zoltaks for a total of fourteen months until the Soviet liberation in the summer of 1944. Sidney then spent 2.5 years in an Italian DP camp before immigrating to Montreal, Canada with his mother in the spring of 1948, his father having died in the DP camp in 1945. Today, Sidney is the co-president of the Canadian Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants and is a board member of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, working to provide financial assistance and to achieve reparations for Holocaust Survivors in Canada and throughout the world. He is the author of My Silent Pledge: A Journey of Struggle, Survival and Remembrance (MiroLand Publishers, 2013).

The program includes a memorial ceremony and has traditionally featured a special Message to Colorado from CO Governor John Hickenlooper. Winners of ADL's "A Tribute to Moral Courage" student essay contest will also be recognized.

ADL is grateful to these generous sponsors:

The Consulate General of Canada, The Curtiss-Lusher Family, The Feiner Family Foundation and Michael and Debbie Feiner, The M. B. Glassman Foundation, JEWISHcolorado and The MDC/Richmond American Foundation.