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Holocaust Education Week: Home

November 2-9, 2020

John & Molly Pollock Holocaust Collection

John and Molly Pollock donated their comprehensive collection of books about the Holocaust to Centennial College in Toronto, Canada, to help others understand and remember the Nazis' brutal attempt to eliminate European Jews. This important collection, housed at the college and sampled and described here, is available to students, teachers, researchers and members of the community.

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Journal and Newspaper Articles

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About Holocaust Education Week

Centennial College engages annually in Holocaust Education Week to help foster increased awareness of human rights and social justice issues, and the importance of respect for diversity.  The goal of the event is to promote values and attitudes of care and empathy for others, that ultimately contribute to building a more inclusive, just, and peaceful society.

This is an annual event hosted by the Centennial College Libraries, in partnership with the School of Advancement and the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion, as part of the larger Neuberger Holocaust Education Week (HEW) which is also held annually in the GTA.

HEW Events at Centennial

Voices of the Holocaust: the need to listen and remember

Every November Centennial College commemorates Holocaust Education Week to honour the experiences of Holocaust survivors through their testimonies. With time, these treasured voices and narratives are disappearing. From today forward it is with greater consciousness we must keep the lessons from the Holocaust alive.  We must continue to strive and build our community based on the foundations of responsibility and respect.

Join us on Monday November 9, 2020, for our live, virtual event with keynote speaker, Andy Reti, Holocaust survivor.  As a child survivor of the Shoah, Mr. Reti will share his memories of his family’s capture and separation by recounting the experience of being forced into a Jewish ghetto. Register today to hear this incredible and courageous story of survival and resilience.

When: Nov 9, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Voices of the Holocaust: the need to listen and remember

Find out more about the Holocaust and other Genocides by exploring this  interactive presentation.
Register in advance for this webinar

Past Events

Watch recordings of previous commemorative events and speakers hosted by the Library and Centennial College.

From Learning Comes Life:  A New generation of Holocaust Scholarship 
Now, more than ever, it is important to connect to the past to provide answers for the future. Max Eisen, a concentration camp survivor whose masterful book, By Chance Alone: A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz, won Canada Reads 2019, presented testimony to the harrowing event of the past.

Generations to Remember: Passing Down the Pivotal 
Each narrative of survival in the Holocaust is as unique as the individuals themselves. The personal transfer of our history through generations is essential, as it ensures that divers stories are preserved. Captain Martin Maxwell, a living witness who fled Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938 and returned to fight for the Allied Forces, will give first-person testimony.

Our Responsibility to Remember 

Looking to the future, how will we take responsibility for new generations learning about the victims of the Holocaust? How will they hear the personal stories of those who survived? Through selected video clips and student projects, this program explored how artistic skills, photography, and new technologies are being used to carry forward the visual and auditory memories of victims and survivors of genocide.


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