Holocaust Education

Upcoming Holocaust Education Events:

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On January 27, 2021 we recognize International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Please mark your calendars for two very important events.
Yad Vashem will debut the first-ever virtual tour of Block 27, – the most visited international pavilion in Auschwitz I. Block 27 was developed by Yad Vashem and was officially opened on June 13, 2013. The exhibition is divided into several galleries, focusing on Jewish life before the war, the ideology of the Nazis and the extermination of Jews within the Nazi-occupied Europe. There is one room dedicated to the memory of children murdered during the Holocaust. In it, you can see the work of artist Michal Rovner, who used dozens of children’s drawings in her creation. At the end of the exhibition, is a section dedicated to memory, including a book of names of victims of the Holocaust collected by the Yad Vashem Institute, as well as Reflection Centre.
Also beginning on January 27 and continuing until February 3, 2021, the Consulate General of Israel in Toronto & Western Canada invites you to a a week-long exclusive screening of The Essential Link, a 70-minute documentary film by acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Yonatan Nir. This documentary film focuses on German businessman and socialite Wilfrid Israel. The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem is a sponsor of this event.
Due to COVID-19, our office remains closed. We are continuing to work from home. We can be reached by email at info@yadvashem.ca or 416-785-1333/1-888-494-7999.
Have a safe week.         Fran Sonshine
National Chair
Jonathan Allen    
National Executive Director   


Virtual Tour of the Exhibition “Shoah” at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
“Open your heart, visitor. And your mind. And your soul. As you walk through the exhibition “SHOAH” and are enveloped by the sights and sounds of the past, hear the voices of the victims, see the drawings of the children, touch the names of the murdered.” – Elie Wiesel.
Join us on a virtual tour of “Shoah” the permanent exhibition in Block 27 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, where we will heed Elie Wiesel’s call. The tour will explore the central themes of the Holocaust, offer insights into the rich Jewish life that existed prior to 1939, the world of children during the Shoah and the monumental Book of Names. Register here.
Note: This event will be pre-recorded. It will debut on January 27, 2021, but will be available for viewing after this date. More details to join the event will be forthcoming



The Essential Link
In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Consulate General of Israel in Toronto & Western Canada invites you to a a week-long exclusive screening of The Essential Link, a 70-minute documentary film by acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Yonatan Nir. This 70-minute film shines light on the life of elusive German businessman and socialite Wilfrid Israel, who was instrumental in the saving of tens of thousands of Jewish lives during the Holocaust. As Yonatan Nir dives deeper into uncovering Wilfrid’s life, the more he discovers about his own life. Viewers can click here to access the film starting on January 27 to February 3.
As well, to be a part of an exclusive webinar with filmmaker Yonatan Nir, please register for the event through by clicking here.
We hope you enjoy the film, and look forward to seeing you on the webinar.”


We invite you to be our partners in ensuring that the universal lessons of the Holocaust are transmitted to the next generation. We are grateful to you.

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  • February 10, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Judy Cohen (A Cry in Unison)

          The Azrieli Foundation is organizing a Zoom event with Judy Cohen for Trent University students and the Beth Israel Synagogue members.  Judy’s account of her Holocaust experiences is entitled:  A Cry in Unison.  More details about her memoirs and the Azrieli Foundation can be found at this link.  Judy, in addition to talking about her Holocaust experiences and tireless Holocaust education efforts will be answering questions from the students of Professor Carolyn Kay’s history class.    BIS members will have a chance to ask questions also. 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:



  • April 6th:  Max Eisen (By Chance Alone)

           This will be a Zoom meeting with Max Eisen, a Holocaust survivor whose account of his experiences is entitled:  By Chance Alone:  A Remarkable True Story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz.   This book won the CBC Canada Reads 2019.  More details about By Chance Alone at this link

We have been fortunate to hear Max relate his story on a number of occasions both at Trent University and Beth Israel Synagogue.  His tireless efforts on behalf of Holocaust education are world renowned.  More details to follow about the timing and how you can attend.