U of G and Guelph Hillel Mark Holocaust Education Week With Online Events


From January 25 to 29, Guelph Hillel presents Holocaust Education Week 2021. This year’s online events provide the U of G community with the important opportunity to reflect on the atrocities of the Holocaust.Holocaust Education Week - Jan. 25 to 28 - Join Guelph Hillel for our first-ever virtual Holocaust education week. Sign up to curate your own experience at hillelontario.org/guelph/hew

Participants can curate their own experience, learning and reflecting in a way that is personally meaningful.

“The Holocaust is one of the darkest events in human history and we all share the sacred responsibility to remember the atrocities and learn from the past,” says Gila Cotler, director of Guelph Hillel. “We are the last generation to have the honor and privilege to hear firsthand testimony from Holocaust survivors. We owe it to them to hear their stories, remember their stories and tell their stories so that we can ensure that Never Again is indeed Never Again.”

This year, participants are invited to register to receive a free copy of one of four books detailing lived experiences of the Holocaust.

“There is no room for silence in the face of hatred,” says Cotler. “We must all stand up and speak up whenever and wherever hatred and Antisemitism appears.”

Learn more and register for events on the Holocaust Education Week website.

Small Group Conversations With a Survivor
All week
Community members are invited to take part in a facilitated conversation with an individual who survived the Holocaust. Hear personal experiences to deepen your understanding. Take the opportunity to ask questions in a more intimate setting.

Candle Lighting Ceremony
Wednesday, January 27 at 5:30 p.m.
January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Take part in a short ceremony to commemorate those killed during the Holocaust. Individuals who register will receive a candle for use during the ceremony or during their own personal reflections.

Survivor Testimony with Hedy Bohm
Thursday, January 28 at 7 p.m.
Hear firsthand testimony from Hedy Bohm. In 1944, Bohm and her family were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Bohm was liberated by American forces in 1945. In 2015, she travelled to Germany to participate in one of the last Nazi war crime trials, testifying against Oskar Groening.