The annual Holocaust Memorial Service will take place Sunday night in St. John's, with guest speaker and Holocaust survivor Philip Riteman.

Riteman was 15 when he and his family were taken by the Nazis from their home in Poland to Auschwitz.

He was the sole survivor of his family, as both of Riteman's parents and all seven of his siblings died while they were in concentration camps.

After liberation, Riteman was contacted by his mother's sister who lived in Newfoundland. Although Canada was not allowing Jewish immigration at that time, Newfoundland was not yet part of Canada and Riteman was allowed to enter.

He arrived in 1946, learned English and started selling clothing door to door. Riteman has been awarded honorary doctorates by Memorial and St. Thomas Universities and has received the Order of Nova Scotia.

Riteman authored the book Millions of Souls: The Philip Riteman Story, and has spoken about his experience to audiences across Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as across North America.

Sunday's event is open to the public, and starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland.