Côte Saint-Luc to pay tribute to Holocaust survivor Marcel Zielinski at city council meeting on Monday, April 9

To mark the upcoming Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day, the City of Côte Saint-Luc will show a 10-minute video featuring Holocaust survivor Marcel Zielinski at the start of today's city council meeting at 8pm at 5801 Cavendish Blvd.

Zielinski, 83, lives in Côte Saint-Luc. He will be present at the city council meeting.

"Approximately 35,000 Holocaust survivors ended up in Canada, with at least 9,000 in the Montreal area and many of those in Côte Saint-Luc," Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. "I met Marcel Zielinski last year and he shared his story with me. I'm honoured he agreed to share it with us on video so that we can share it with our community and beyond."

Zielinksi was born on Krakow, Poland in September 1934. Nazi Germany invaded Poland around the time of his fifth birthday. His family was forced to live in the overcrowded Krakow Ghetto, before being sent to the Płaszow concentration camp, just south of Krakow. This camp was depicted in the movie Schindler's List.

Zielinski, who is an avid cyclist, rode across Canada in 1998 at the age of 63. At the end of June, he will be reurning to Poland for The Ride of the Living, a 90 km fundraising bike ride from the gates of the former Birkenau concentration camp to Krakow, a route that Zielinski walked at age 11 after the camp was liberated. The public can sponsor him at https://jcckrakow.kindful.com/ride-for-the-living-2018/team-zielinski.

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