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Holocaust Education Week: Home

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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Previous Events

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

Voices of the Holocaust: the need to listen and remember

As a child survivor of the Shoah, Mr. Andy 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.

Find out more about the Holocaust and other Genocides by exploring this interactive presentation.

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.

Videos from the library's databases

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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.

2021 HEW Event at Centennial

The Riot at Christie Pits – Reasons to Remember
Wednesday, Nov. 17

Every November Centennial College commemorates Holocaust Education Week. This year our program will continue to explore the roots of racism as we take on a local focus with the Toronto Christie Pits Riot which occurred in August 1933. Although long past for many of us, it remains one of the worst outbreaks of racial violence in Canadian history with over 10,000 participants and spectators. The riot was sparked by Nazi-inspired youth flying a swastika flag at a public baseball game to antagonize and provoke Jewish Canadians.

Our guest speaker, critically acclaimed writer Jamie Michaels, is no stranger to this story.  His graphic novel, Christie Pits, is described as a gritty ride through Toronto’s immigrant neighbourhood that re-tells the incredible story of when young Jewish and Italian immigrants squared off against Nazi-inspired thugs on the streets of Toronto.

History never repeats itself, but it often rhymes—the lessons from the 1933 Christie Pits Riot remain as relevant today as when they transpired.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, we hosted a live, virtual event with keynote speaker, Jamie Michaels, a critically acclaimed writer. His most recent graphic novel Christie Pits unpacks the tensions between immigrants and pro-fascists in 1930s Toronto that culminated in the Christie Pits Riot.

View the recording of the event

Contact Gosha Trzaski for more information. 

Hosted by Centennial Libraries in partnership with School of Advancement and The Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion.



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