Holocaust Education Week comes to Hamilton

It has been 66 years since one of the most severe atrocities in humanity came to an end, that atrocity being the Holocaust.

To this day groups have been working to educate society about the Holocaust and this year is no different. The Holocaust Education Week is coming to Hamilton with 3 events taking place to mark the occasion.

They are:

USC Shoah Testimonies with Dr. Stephen D. Smith

Date: Thursday November 3rd, 2011 @ 7:30PM

Location: CIBC Hall (3rd floor of McMaster University Student Centre)

The presentation will feature a keynote address Dr. Stephen D. Smith, the executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education. Dr. Smith will deliver remarks on the vital ethical, social, and educational role of witnessing in the shadow of the Holocaust and how that shapes our responses to the event as well as genocide and other human rights crises.

The Kristallnacht Commemoration- In the name of their mothers: The Story of Irena Sendler- film

Date: Wednesday November 9th , 2011  @ 7:30pm

Location: The Hamilton Jewish Federation | 125 Cline Avenue South

A stirring and heartfelt  documentary film about the Polish heroine, Irena Sendler and her wartime network who saved the lives of thousands of Jewish children. All of the children rescued by Sendler’s network survived the Holocaust and many were reunited with their Jewish families. The film features moving testimonies of Irena Sendler and her co-conspirators along with several of the children they rescued.

The film will  be introduced by its director Mary Skinner and she will conduct a Q&A following the screening

Transforming Holocaust Education in Our Schools- Annual Teacher’s Symposium on the Holocaust 

Date: Thursday November 10th, 2011 at 3:45pm-6:00pm

Location: Sir Allan MacNab Secondary School| 145 Magnolia Drive

This interactive workshop will be hosted by Kay Andrews, Educator-in-Residence for Holocaust Education Week 2011. Kay will be presenting on the latest pedagogical methods and  classroom techniques for teaching about the Holocaust.

To register, contact Elaine Levine, Hamilton Jewish Federation at 905-627-9922 ext 24 OR elevine@jewishhamilton.org