Holocaust Education Month 2018



For information related to Holocaust Education Month events, please contact CHES at chesatcarleton@gmail.com or call 613-695-9700 or 613-520-2600, ext. 1320

See more about Federation events in honour of Holocaust Education Month here


Wednesday, October 17
4 to 5 pm

The Wallenberg Citation Initiative would like to invite you to our third annual award ceremony to be held at the National Holocaust Monument. We will be presenting two former Cabinet Ministers with the Raoul Wallenberg Citation for Moral Courage In The Face Of Anti-Semitism.
Our 2018 National laureate, presented posthumously, is Hon Mauril Belanger, former honorary Speaker of the House of Commons, and our 2018 International laureate is Hon John Baird, former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Canada. Rabbi Reuven Bulka will offer welcoming comments.
Contact: Daniel Stringer at 613-218-1431
Location: on the corner of Wellington and Booth Streets

Thursday, October 18
6 - 9 pm
The Power of Free Spirit

Concert and exhibit commemorating 75th anniversary of the saving of the Bulgarian Jews during WWII.
The Power of Free Spirit is the exhibit provided by the Bulgarian embassy. This exhibition chronicles the resistance by the citizens of Bulgaria, the brave refusal of society to obey the authorities' plans to send Bulgarian Jews to Nazi concentration camps. The presentation will begin at 6pm followed by reception. The concert Hebrew Melody is consisting music by Jewish composers as well several Yiddish songs. Cost $15
Contact Ralitsa Tcholakova at 613-797-1293 or arsuniversalis@gmail.com
Sponsor: ARTicipate & The embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria
Location: Shenkman Arts Centre 245 Centrum Blvd.Orléans


Saturday, October 27

7 – 9 pm
Memoir as a Genre of Canadian Holocaust Literature
Opening panel featuring survivor author Nate Leipciger, managing editor Arielle Berger and educator Stephanie Corazza, reflects on the process of writing and producing Holocaust survivor memoirs and the ways in which this genre serves as a foundation for Holocaust education.
Open to the public but advance registration is required. Info and registration here
Location: 21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.
Sponsor: Soloway JCC and the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program at the University of Ottawa.


Sunday, October 28

9 am - 7 pm
Full day of panels on Canadian Holocaust Literature
(continued from Oct 27 event)
Conference organizers: Rebecca Margolis (University of Ottawa), Seymour Mayne (University of Ottawa), Ruth Panofsky (Ryerson University)
Open to the public but advance registration is required. Info and registration here
Contact Rebecca Margolis at rmargoli@uOttawa.ca
Location: Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St.
Sponsor: University of Ottawa, Ryerson University, The Azrieli Foundation, Library and Archives, the Soloway Jewish Community Centre


Saturday, Nov 3
7-9 pm

Sunday, Nov 4
3-5 pm
Community Culture Show - Ho Feng-Shan

“Ho Feng-Shan, Righteous Among the Nations” primarily in English with subtitles in Chinese and English. With humanity as the central theme, this upbeat drama play is based on the true story of Dr. Ho Feng-Shan, the Chinese consulate in pre-WWII Vienna. He issued thousands of visas to help Jews escape to Shanghai from Nazi Germany. The show includes Chinese and Jewish performances - singing, dancing, live music and martial arts. Families of all cultures are welcome.
Please get your tickets Eventbrite here
Maximum 6 tickets per family; print the tickets (PDF format) from the reply email, and bring your tickets to the show.

Location: 4 Thorncliff Place

Sunday, November 4
(continues Nov 5)

12:30 pm – 4 pm
Pop-Up Museum - “Let the Artifacts Speak: Returning Humanity to Holocaust Victims”

In honour of Holocaust Education Month, the Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies, Temple Israel Religious School, and the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship, are collaborating to create a Pop-Up Museum where local Ottawa families will tell the story of their family’s experience of the Holocaust through objects. Submit an item to participate in the Nov 4-5 Pop-Up Museum by the deadline Oct 15th. See web site for information and how to submit an item https://carleton.ca/hempopup/
Location: Temple Israel, 1301 Prince of Wales Dr.


Monday, November 5
Lecture presented by: Dr. Robert Ehrenreich of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
In addition to the public opening on Sunday, the Pop-Up Museum will also be open from 6:30 - 8:30 pm on November 5 and will be followed by a public lecture (suitable for adults and mature teens) at 7:30 pm.

Description: Six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust. The number is staggering. It is the equivalent of almost seven Ottawas. How can we represent the magnitude of this crime without reducing the victims to mere numbers? How can we show, as Holocaust survivor Abel Herzberg said so well, that “There were not six million Jews murdered; there was one murder, six million times”? How do we convey that these were real people with real lives and families. In this presentation, I will discuss how personal items can turn the huge numbers of victims back into individuals and return their humanity, based on three case-studies: personal items discovered near shooting pits in Ukraine; damaged photographs from Poland; and a piece of mica from the Theresienstadt Glimmerwerke (mica works).
Location: Temple Israel, 1301 Prince of Wales Dr.

Tuesday, November 6
7:30 - 9 pm

Malca Pass Library Book Discussion Group  
"The Book Smugglers" will be reviewed by Susan Landau-Chark; group discussion will follow.
This event is being held in partnership with CHES, Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship
Contact Maureen Kaell at 613-224-8649 or mkaell@rogers.com
Location: Kehillat Beth Israel, 1400 Coldrey Ave.

Wednesday, November 7
7 - 9 pm
80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: What Shards Remain?
HEM launch event
Marking 80 years since Kristallnacht. Keynote address: Kristallnacht: The End of the Beginning and the Beginning of the End by Dr. Michael Berenbaum, one of the founders of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Program includes a special performance by classical violinist Niv Ashkenazi playing a violin miraculously salvaged from the ashes of the Holocaust and lovingly restored by Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein. The violin is one of 50 such instruments and this is the first time one is in Canada for a performance.
A program of the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship in cooperation with Kehillat Beth Israel Synagogue.
Contact Annette Wildgoose at 613-790-0542 or aw.goosie0@gmail.com
Location: Kehillat Beth Israel, 1400 Coldrey Ave.

Thursday, November 8
7 - 9:30 pm
The MS St. Louis - A shameful moment in North American history

In connection with the Government of Canada’s official apology for turning away the MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 907 German Jews fleeing the Nazi regime in 1939, OTC presents a screening of award-winning documentary “Complicit”, The Voyage of the MS St. Louis - A shameful moment in North American history.
A discussion with film director Robert M. Krakow and live Q&A with four surviving passengers who will share their story together in Canada for the very first time will follow. Cost $15
Ottawa Torah Centre Chabad 111 Lamplighters Dr.
Contact Rabbi Blum at 613-843-7770 or info@theotc.org

Saturday, November  10
6:30 pm

Music of the Holocaust performed by the German National Youth Orchestra
Under the sponsorship of the German Embassy, and in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel, the German National Youth Orchestra and the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship, the German National Youth Orchestra (Bundesjugendorchester) performs Holocaust related music by a variety of composers including some who fell victim to the Holocaust.
Free event, RSVP https://10november2018.eventbrite.com

Contact: Myka Kelly Lynn at  613-780-1529 or ku-20@otta.diplo.de

Location: Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave.


Sunday, November 18
4 - 6 pm
"Who Will Write Our History" Film for Holocaust Education Month
Executive Produced by Nancy Spielberg
Q&A with film participant Professor Jan Grabowski will follow the screening.
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary. Written, produced and directed by Roberta Grossman, Who Will Write Our History mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations to transport us inside the Ghetto and the lives of these courageous resistance fighters. They defied their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon – the truth – and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not.
To view the trailer: https://vimeo.com/282770262 password: onegshabes
Free Event - Arrive Early - Limited Seating
Contact Lindsay Gottheil at 613-798-4696 x355 or lgottheil@jewishottawa.com
Location: The Chamber Room, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr.


Sunday, November 18
1:00 - 2:30 pm (not open to the public)
March of the Living (MOL) Ottawa in collaboration with The Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) in a joint educational project. Meetings of 11 MOL alumni with local survivors to hear the survivors’ stories and to share the MOL students' experiences. The project includes the survivor testimonials filmed by CHES in 2016.  The outcome of the project: the survivors and the MOL students will together develop and then present a lesson in Holocaust Education at the students’ schools.
Soloway JCC, Room TBD

Sunday, November 25
2 - 4 pm
"Forbidden and Forgotten" Concert

Leah Roseman and Dina Namer play rediscovered music that was forbidden by the Nazis during the 30's and 40's; a concert of duos for piano and violin. This program shares lives of the composers under the Reich and after. Cost $20
Free parking. Wheelchair accessible. Children under 12, free.
Contact Patsy Royer at 613-233-3099 or pmroyer@gmail.com
Location: Temple Israel 1301 Prince of Wales Dr.


Wednesday, November 28
7 - 9 pm  

Author Amos Guiora The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust
The Shoah Committee of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa presents Amos Guiora on the occasion of Holocaust Education Month.
Amos Guiora is a dynamic Israeli-American law professor and child of Holocaust survivors. A compelling speaker, Professor Guiora discusses the bystander-victim relationship from a deeply personal and legal perspective, focusing first on the Holocaust and then exploring cases of sexual assault in contemporary society. Free event.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
Contact Lindsay Gottheil at 613-798-4696 x355 or lgottheil@jewishottawa.com
Location: Soloway JCC, 21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.


Thursday, November 29
4:30 – 9 pm
Teachers’ Workshop: Exploring the Complexities of Kristallnacht in your classroom. Facilitator and keynote speaker:  Leora Schaefer. Presented by the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship in cooperation with Facing History and Ourselves. Registration required by Nov 15th at http://bit.ly/CHESTeachers2018.  Free parking, light supper.
Location: Temple Israel, 1301 Prince of Wales Dr.

Thursday, November 29
4 - 6 pm

“Kristallnacht: An After History” by Dr. Helmut Walser Smith, Martha Rivers Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. Open to the public.
Sponsor: Department of History, Carleton University, EURUS, the Zelikovitz Centre, and the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship
Contact: jennifer.evans@carleton.ca
Location: Discovery Center, Room 482 MacOdrum Library, Carleton University


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