Today is Freedom Day!

September 28, 2016

Media Release

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies Launches New Website ‘’ at Freedom Day @Yonge-Dundas Square Today at Noon!

September 28, 2016 - Toronto Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is proud to launch our new website,, at today’s Freedom Day celebration at Yonge-Dundas Square at noon. More than 3,000 students from schools across the Greater Toronto Area join FSWC every year for an inspiring educational event dedicated to preserving the legacy of Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal and his passionate pursuit of justice and human rights.

“Our new website,, provides compelling eyewitness testimony from Canadian Holocaust survivors that can be accessed by millions of people across Canada and around the world,” explained FSWC President & CEO Avi Benlolo. “We are so fortunate that five of the six survivors profiled on this new website, including Gerda Freiberg, Faigie Libman, Andy Reti, Vera Schiff and Gershon Willinger, will join the thousands of students attending Freedom Day today. Their stories, ranging from growing up as hidden children to surviving the atrocities of the concentration camps, are powerful responses to Holocaust denial and revisionism. As the generation of survivors slowly dwindles, it is incumbent on the rest of us to share their stories and become their advocates,” he added.

Freedom Day is supported by an Inter-Action grant from the Government of Canada.


Date: September 28, 2016           Time: 12.00 Noon          Venue: Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto


Stacey L. Starkman 
Director of Communications & External Relations 
416.864.9735 x 32 - office / 
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
Canadian Headquarters: Toronto  
Branches: Los Angeles • New York • Chicago • Paris • Buenos Aires • Israel
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