Holocaust Education Week for Teachers

With over 100 programs taking place across the GTHA, HEW 2015 offers a diverse range of programming in a variety of mediums. We are pleased to recommend the following that will be of specific interest to educators and students.

 1.       Recording Atrocity: German Concentration Camps Factual Survey p.17 
Recommended for University & College students in film studies, Cinema & Media Arts, and history.

English and German with English subtitles, 88 minutes including epilogue for reflection; admission restricted to persons over the age of 18.

When British troops liberated Bergen-Belsen in April 1945, army and newsreel cameramen recorded their horrific discoveries. The footage was used to create German Concentration Camps Factual Survey, a documentary intended for the German public that would condemn the Nazi regime and document the magnitude of its crimes. Sidney Bernstein, producer of the film for Britain’s Ministry of Information, initiated and fought for the production of this project. Alfred Hitchcock spent a month advising on the film. Left unfinished for nearly seventy years, this historically significant film was recently completed for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen by film scholars at the Imperial War Museum. The story behind the original 1945 film was explored in 2014’s Night Will Fall. Featuring a discussion with Professor Robert Jan van Pelt.

Robert Jan van Pelt is a Holocaust scholar, author, architectural historian, and professor at the University of Waterloo and University of Toronto. He has written several highly acclaimed books and is world renowned for his extensive research into issues surrounding the architecture of the Holocaust.

Pre-registration required. Call 416–631–5689 or online at holocausteducationweek.com.

Limit of 4 tickets per family.

Generously co-sponsored by Cineplex Entertainment LP.
Monda y, 9 November | 1:00 pm
SilverCity Yonge Eglinton
2300 Yonge Street | Toronto | 416–544–1236


Members of the Neuberger’s Survivor Speakers’ Bureau will be speaking at public libraries and civic centres throughout the week.  For a complete listing of opportunities to engage directly with the power of personal testimony as delivered by Holocaust survivors  see pp.18–21.

 2. Distance from the Belsen Heap: Allied Forces and the Liberation of a Nazi Concentration Camp p 33. 
Recommended for history and social science teachers

Witnessing the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust had a profound effect on the military forces that liberated Nazi concentration camps. Canadian historian Mark Celinscak will discuss his new book, which reexamines the surrender and relief of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northwest Germany at the end of the Second World War. The book surveys the personal narratives of both British and Canadian military personnel as they responded to the situation at the camp, drawing on diaries, letters, and personal interviews.

Dr. Mark Celinscak is Assistant Professor at Trent University’s Department of History who has written extensively on the Second World War and the Holocaust. In 2012–2013, he was the Pearl Resnick Postdoctoral Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, among other fellowships. He has been featured on CHEX Television and CBC Radio.

Book signing to follow the lecture.

Book Launch : Tuesday, 3 November | 6:00 pm
York University—Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies
Kaneff Tower, 7th Floor
4700 Keele Street | Toronto | 416–736–5823


Thursday, 5 November | 7:30 pm
Beth Lida Forest Hill Congregation
22 Gilgorm Road | Toronto | 416–489–2550

3. Border Jumping: Discover Centropa for your Classroom

Recommended for classroom teachers.

Lauren Granite, Educator-in-Residence for HEW 2015, will discuss what it means to teach the Holocaust in the 21st century in this seminar for teachers. Discover how teachers in the US, Europe, and Israel are implementing a broader approach to Holocaust education through the resources of Centropa (www.centropa.org), a historical institute in Vienna, Austria.

 This session will provide educators with resources and pedagogical methods, and will include strategies for cross-cultural projects with students in countries where the Holocaust took place. Participants will receive a copy of the Neuberger’s newest scholarly publication, Holocaust Education in Pedagogy, History, and Practice (2015), introduced by Carson Phillips. Applicable for interdisciplinary education settings.For Lauren Granite’s bio, see page 14. For Carson Phillips’ bio, see page 29.

Light refreshments served; kashruth observed.

Registration required: holocaustcentre.com/

HEW or mvogt@ujafed.org.

Thursday, 5 November | 4:30 pm

Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre | UJA Federation of Greater
Toronto | Lipa Green Centre |Tamari Hall | 4600 Bathurst Street
Toronto | 416–631–5689



Of interest to educators in the Kitchener-Waterloo region:

4. Surviving the Holocaust: 20th Century Stories of Survival and Rebirth from Germany and Austria

This program draws from Centropa’s archive of more than 1200 interviews with elderly Jews from fifteen European countries to feature stories from Germany and Austria that tell of people who survived Nazi persecution by fleeing. Through short multimedia films, Kurt Brodmann from Vienna will tell you how his family survived by sending him to Palestine, his brother to England and his parents to Shanghai; Rosa Rosenstein will tell you about growing up in Weimar Berlin, and how she saved her children by sending them to Palestine to live with her parents, while she and her husband fled; and Erna Goldmann will tell us about life in Frankfurt before the war, and what it meant to leave her grandfather behind in Frankfurt as she fled for Palestine in 1937. All will tell you how they survived, and how they rebuilt their lives to start anew.

For 2015 HEW Educator-in-Residence Dr. Lauren

Granite’s bio, see page 14.

Co-presented by Barrday, Inc.

Wednesda y, 4 November | 7:00 pm

Sir John A. Mac Donald Secondar y School

650 Laurelwood Drive | Waterloo


 5.       Holocaust Survivor Testimony

Be sure to check the numerous library-based programs (here or on pages 18- 21 in the HEW Program Guide) which feature members of our Survivor Speakers’ Bureau sharing their personal experiences in the Holocaust.