Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies will not be hosting a National Conference on Holocaust Education this year. However, we are thrilled to be partnering with a number of organizations to present a special virtual program in recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th, 2021. We hope that you will be able to join us.
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Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center hosted its 4th annual National Conference on Holocaust Education in Toronto on January 26th and 27th, 2019 in recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The conference brought speakers from Ontario and all the way from Germany and the Netherlands to share their knowledge and insight into Holocaust education with a room full of educators, police and community members. Following Saturday's dinner and candle-lighting ceremony – during which a moment of silence was held to remember the 6 million Jewish men, women and children who perished in the Holocaust and recognize the Holocaust survivors who were in attendance – on Sunday, FSWC welcomed Thames Valley District School Board Director of Education Laura Elliott, bestselling author Jennifer Teege, researcher Dr. Regina Gruter, and an educator and multi-generational panel to the stage. Discussions focused on steps we can all take to appropriately preserve the memory of the Holocaust and educate future generations.
Thank you to all who were in attendance, the conference co-chairs Danna Horwood, Laurel Linetsky-Fleisher and Vanessa Yakobson, and to the speakers who shared their incredible experiences, knowledge and advice.
The 2018 National Conference on Holocaust Education was a tremendous success. The program featured a special commemorative ceremony on January 27th that featured a candle-lighting by Holocaust survivors and testimony from Max Eisen. January 28th included presentations by Toronto District School Board Director of Education and Honourary Conference Chair John Malloy, Director of the Museum of Tolerance Liebe Geft, the Hon. Irwin Cotler, a panel of elementary and high school educators from across Canada, a panel of Holocaust survivors along with scholar and author of Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields, Wendy Lower.
Thank you to all who were in attendance, including school boards officials, speakers, Holocaust survivors and conference co-chairs Esther Dressler and Michelle Glied Goldstein.