The Holocaust is a crime that stands alone in human history for the scale of its horror and inhumanity. That is why it is crucial to ensure that this experience is never forgotten and that such atrocities never take place again.” – Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism
A Brief History of Canada and the Holocaust
While Canada did not directly experience the Holocaust, it was affected in many ways by the tragedy. Learn more about Canada’s history and response to the Holocaust.
Canada and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) is an intergovernmental body made up of government officials and experts from 31 countries. It supports Holocaust education, remembrance and research in member countries and around the world. Canada will chair the IHRA in 2013–2014.
- Learn more about our role
- Read a speech recognizing the Canadian Chair Year
- News Release – International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) successfully concludes meetings in Canada
Canadian Holocaust Resources
Canada has invested significantly in Holocaust education, remembrance and research. Learn more about the Holocaust resources that are available to you.
Chair Year Initiatives
The Government of Canada intends to provide support of approximately $800,000 for four organizations to preserve Holocaust survivors’ testimonials:
- The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre will support the preservation, access and use of Holocaust survivor testimonies in schools;
- The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre and the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre will work, in partnership, to digitize existing footage of Holocaust survivors’ testimonies; and
- A digital archive of Holocaust survivor testimonies during the March of the Living will be created by the Jewish Federations of Canada-United Israel Appeal of Canada. The March of the Living is an annual educational program, which brings students from around the world to explore the remnants of the Holocaust.
For more information:
- News Release – Government of Canada Supports Holocaust Remembrance and Education
- Learn more about the Canadian collections
Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education
Mr. Scott Masters, a teacher at Crestwood Preparatory College in Toronto, Ontario, won the 2013 Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education for his innovative approach to promoting understanding and awareness amongst students of the Holocaust as well as its implications.
The other finalists selected for the award were:
- Mr. Dale Martelli, Vancouver Technical Secondary School, Vancouver, British Columbia;
- Mr. Ken Ipe, Dr. Charles Best Secondary School, Coquitlam, British Columbia;
- Mr. Graeme Stacey, Kelowna Secondary School, Kelowna, British Columbia;
- Mme Line Dubé and Mme Annie Frenette, Marie-Clarac secondary school, Montréal, Quebec; and
- Ms. Tricia Leduc, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School, Ottawa, Ontario.
Information on Mr. Masters’ and the other top five teachers’ lesson plans, pedagogical approaches and teaching resources will be made available soon on the CIC web site as a resource for Canadian teachers.
For more information:
- News Release — Winner of Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education announced
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International Poster Competition
Canadian students finished in first and second place in an International Poster Design Competition to commemorate the Holocaust on the theme “Keeping the Memory Alive - Journeys through the Holocaust.”
The poster created by Caitlin McGinn, a student at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, was selected as the overall winner in the competition.
Carling Hind, a fellow Canadian and Emily Carr student, was the second place finisher. Two other Canadian students, Derek Michael Wasylyshen from the University of Manitoba and Joakim Sundal from Emily Carr University, were also selected as top 16 international finalists.
The original designs of seven Canadian post-secondary students in Art and Design programs across Canada were selected to advance to the final international judging round. In total, nearly 500 students around the world participated in the competition.
Beginning on January 27, 2014, to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the top 16 designs will be exhibited at over 90 locations around the world, including prominent locations such as the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, Geneva, Vienna and the European Commission in Brussels.
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Holocaust-related holdings at Library and Archives Canada
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has developed a publicly accessible thematic guide that provides a list of Holocaust-related material in its holdings. The Research Guide to Holocaust-related Holdings at LAC (PDF, 1.5 MB) provides an introduction to material from both archival and published sources that relates to a range of events and decisions before, during and after the Second World War. The guide includes both government and personal documents.
- Based on Lieut. H. Gordon Aikman, Canada. Dept. of National Defence, Library and Archives Canada, accession number 1967-052 NPC, item 43534, PA-138238
- The MS St. Louis, Courtesy Eiran Harris collection, Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee, National Archives
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