Mr. Speaker, as we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, we honour those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice and we reflect on “why”. Why did these young Canadians leave their homes, their families and their country to fight overseas?
They did so for a greater cause. They did so for people like David Kilberg, a young Polish man sent to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp where he survived by hiding between walls and among dead bodies. His mother, father, sister and brother were all murdered at Auschwitz.
When he was liberated, he found his way to Canada where he built a successful business and would later serve as the mayor of Listowel. Only in Canada could a young, Jewish man, found emaciated between the walls of a Nazi death camp, go on to find such success in his adopted country.
On Remembrance Day and always, we remember.
– John Nater, Member of Parliament for Perth—Wellington
House of Commons, November 5, 2020