Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Launches New Publication; Praises 22 Ontario School Boards on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2017

Media Release

In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) has launched a compilation of essays by 22 Canadian politicians, activists, writers, religious leaders and celebrities titled “Reflections on the Holocaust and Antisemitism.” “To commemorate the Holocaust, and to help in the battle to confront Holocaust denial with the truth, I am proud to launch this selection of essays focused on the experiences of well-known Canadians in dealing with antisemitism personally, or witnessing it from the sidelines,” explained FSWC President & CEO Avi Benlolo.

“I also commend the 22 Ontario Catholic and public school boards that have signed on to FSWC’s January 27th initiative to recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day in all schools in their boards. This year more than one million Ontario students will benefit from educational activities designed to further understanding of human rights, tolerance and respect for diversity based on this initiative, and I am truly delighted to see the welcome response from teachers to this important project,” he added.

To assist educators in teaching about the Holocaust, FSWC has published a Teacher’s Resource Guide with suggestions for age-appropriate activities and ideas for Holocaust commemoration. In addition, FSWC’s new website offers compelling eye-witness survivor testimony and the stories of several Holocaust survivors for use as a teaching tool.

To speak to Mr. Benlolo about International Holocaust Remembrance Day Initiatives contact:
Stacey L. Starkman, Director of Communications & External Relations
416.864.9735 x 32 /

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is a leading Canadian non-profit human rights foundation directly representing over 30,000 members. FSWC is committed to countering racism and antisemitism and to promoting the principles of tolerance, social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and educational programs including workshops, Freedom Day, the Spirit of Hope Benefit, Tools for Tolerance and the widely acclaimed new Tour for Humanity. FSWC is affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization headquartered in Los Angeles, which has won two Academy Awards, has built two Museums of Tolerance (with a third being built in Jerusalem) and is an NGO at the United Nations, UNESCO, OAS, OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament. Visit us at
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