In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th, 2018, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies will be hosting the 3rd Annual National Policy Conference on Holocaust Education.

Location:  Novotel North York
(3 Park Home Avenue, North York, Ontario)

Conference Fees (Hotel separate):

$80 for January 27th – Dinner Only

$170 for January 28th – Day Conference Only

$250  for January 27th & 28th – Full Conference

*Hotel rooms are available at a special group rate of $159/night (plus applicable taxes)

To book a room:  416-733-2929 ext. 1 or 2
Use code:  FSWCHS or ID#905858

Rooms are subject to availability; deadline for the group rate booking is January 8th, 2018.

CLICK HERE to download the registration form for the conference.

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa at or 416-864-9735 x40



KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Max Eisen - Author, Public Speaker & Holocaust Survivor

Max Eisen is an author, public speaker and Holocaust survivor. He travels throughout Canada, and overseas, giving talks about his experiences as a concentration camp survivor, to students at all levels of education from elementary school to university, teachers, politicians, law enforcement personnel, and the community at large.  In 2016, Eisen had his memoir published in a book titled By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz. His memoir was one of 5 finalists in Canada’s prestigious Charles Taylor Prize, sponsored by RBC.


SPEAKER: The Honourable Irwin Cotler, P.C., O.C.

Irwin Cotler is the Chairman of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, an Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Member of Parliament, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and an international human rights lawyer. In 2014 he was elected Canadian Parliamentarian of the Year by his colleagues, and recently received the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Inaugural Human Rights Award. In its citation, the Law Society recognized “The Honourable Irwin Cotler’s tireless efforts to ensure peace and justice for all. In his varied roles as law professor, constitutional and comparative law scholar, international human rights lawyer, counsel to prisoners of conscience, public intellectual, peace activist, Member of Parliament, and Minster of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Mr. Cotler has been a leader and role model. Through his advocacy work both in Canada and internationally, he has transformed the lives of many”.

SPEAKER: Liebe Geft - Director, Museum of Tolerance (Los Angeles)

Liebe Geft is the Director of the Museum of Tolerance, which is the educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an internationally renowned human rights organization dedicated to educating about the Holocaust, confronting antisemitism and bigotry, and promoting tolerance and human dignity for all. Since 1998 she has successfully integrated the Museum’s educational and outreach divisions, including Youth Education, Professional Training, Public Programming, Exhibitions and Special Events.  She also contributes to the ongoing development of new exhibits, films and programs that have established the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance as the preeminent Holocaust educational institution in the Western United States of America and placed it in the vanguard of the changing role of museums as agents of social change.

SPEAKER: Wendy Lower, Acting Director of the Jack, Joseph & Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Wendy Lower has been associated with the USHMM in various roles since 1994 as a historical consultant for special exhibits and a member of the Museum Council’s Academic Committee.  For her research on the Holocaust, she has received numerous fellowships and awards.  From 2004-2007, Lower held a tenure track professorship at Towson University, MD in the history department.  From there, she moved to Munich Germany as a German Research Foundation Fellow at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich (2007-2012).  In Munich, she introduced several courses on the Holocaust, directed an oral history program collecting testimonies of perpetrators and bystanders and successfully co-led an initiative to establish a federally funded German Center for Holocaust studies at the Institute for Contemporary History.  She returned to the USA in 2012 to take up the John K. Roth Chair, Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College, and was also named the Director of the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights.  Lower is the author of Nazi Empire- Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine (2005), The Diary of Samuel Golfard and the Holocaust in Galicia (2011); and co- editor (with Ray Brandon) of Shoah in Ukraine: History, Testimony, Memorialization (2008).  Her book, Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields (2013) was a finalist for the National Book Award and has been translated into 23 languages. 


Speaker announcement coming soon


**More speakers to be added soon**

Shael Rosenbaum - Chairman, Sarah & Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre (Toronto)

Shael Rosenbaum is Principal and President of Fremont Street Holdings, a private commercial and residential real estate holdings company. Shael is Chairman of the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto, a member of the Next Generation Council of the Shoah Foundation at the University of Southern California, Past Chair of the Canadian Young Adult March of the Living and Founding Partner of the Next Venture Philanthropy Fund. He is the recipient of various awards including the 2016 UJA Leadership Development Award. Recently, Shael Graduated from The Joshua Institute and is a Producer of Several Documentary Films. He obtained a degree in Biological and Cultural Anthropology from Western University. Shael also earned a degree on Urban Planning with a specialization in City Infrastructure. Shael is the grandson of four Polish Holocaust Survivors and both his parents were born in Displaced Persons centres in Europe following the Shoah. Holocaust Education and Remembrance plays a significant role in his life and continues to be the cornerstone of his philanthropic work.

PANELIST: Max Eisen - Holocaust Survivor

 Max was born in Moldava, Czechoslovakia in 1929 to a large Orthodox Jewish family. After the Nazi occupation of Hungary in 1944, Max was deported alongside his immediate family to Auschwitz-Birkenau. His mother, two younger brothers and sister were murdered almost immediately upon their arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp in May of 1944. Max, with his father and uncle were selected out for work detail and sent to Auschwitz I. Max survived life as a slave labourer in Auschwitz alone, as his father and uncle were selected out for medical experimentation shortly after their arrival. In January of 1945 Max was forced to participate in the infamous death march across Europe where thousands died from exposure to severe weather conditions and malnutrition. Max passed through Mauthausen, Melk and was eventually liberated in Ebensee on May 6, 1945. In 1949, Max was allowed entry into Canada as a displaced person. He arrived in Toronto in October 1949 and had a successful career in business. After a court case in Toronto in 1985 involving a Holocaust denier Max felt compelled to get involved with the Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto as a speaker/educator. Max has been a witness at two war crimes trials and he speaks to thousands of individuals each year about his survival during the Holocaust and the importance of being vigilant in the face of hate. 

PANELIST: Bill Glied - Holocaust Survivor

Bill Glied was born in Subotica, in the former Yugoslavia, now Serbia.  The entire Glied family had been involved in the flour mill business since the 1700s; Bill's father, Alexander, ran the local flour mill in Subotica. In 1941, when Germany invaded and ceded the territory to Fascist Hungary, the mill was confiscated, and all Jews were forced to wear the yellow star; but the young boy was more interested in soccer than war. All that changed in 1944 when Germany occupied Hungary. In March of 1944, Bill, his parents and sister, along with the rest of the town’s 4000 Jews were deported in cattle cars to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Separated immediately upon arrival, he was never to see his mother and sister again. His father died a day before their liberation from Dachau Concentration Camp where they were sent 20 days after their arrival in Auschwitz. Bill became a successful businessman in Canada and cherishes his new home country. He has been a witness in two war crimes trials. Bill was among the founders of the Holocaust Centre in Toronto and has been actively sharing his testimony with Canadian groups of all ages since 1998, and participating on March of the Living since 2006; he conveys an important message of hope and personal responsibility.

Call for Papers

“The Future of Holocaust Education”

In recognition of the 2018 International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) is hosting its third annual National Policy Conference on Holocaust Education in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  FSWC welcomes papers focusing on the future of Holocaust education.  Manuscripts in English will be considered for a special publication to be released at the conference and published digitally at  In addition, one manuscript will be selected for presentation at the conference. 

DEADLINE:  Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

CLICK HERE for submission guidelines

Essay & Art Contest

Details coming soon!