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Synagogues in Germany: A Virtual Reconstruction
January 29-March 4, 2017 Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery
600 Shaftesbury Blvd
In honour of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Freeman Family Holocaust Education Centre of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada and the University of Manitoba,with the generous assistance of the Federal Republic of Germany, are pleased to announce the Canadian premiere of Synagogues in Germany: A Virtual Reconstruction, a large and interactive German multimedia exhibition. It will be installed at the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, where it will run from January 29th to March 4th, 2017, before going on to tour the rest of the country.
The exhibition is the result of more than twenty years of architectural research at Darmstadt Technical University dedicated to reclaiming some of Germany's lost Jewish heritage. Work on the exhibition began following the 1994 firebombing of a Lübeck synagogue, the first racist attack on a Jewish house of worship in Germany since 1945. Scholars have created elaborate 3D digital reconstructions of more than 25 of the more than 1000 synagogues destroyed on Kristallnacht. Along with associated placards, photographs, text panels, books, and three documentary films, these reconstructions speak to the nature and significance of cultural loss as an instrument of genocide. They also visually document the extraordinary architectural variety and historical importance of the buildings the Nazis destroyed, and in so doing contribute to commemorative work ongoing in the wake of the Holocaust by providing a source for reflection on what the historical destruction of Jewish culture means today.
The exhibition will be open weekly: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m; Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Other evenings for group visits can be arranged, as can guided tours. A complete schedule of exhibition-related events, themed tours by experts, and general tours for the public, will be made available later in January 2017. Admission is free.
The exhibition and related programming have been made possible thanks to the generous assistance of the Federal Republic of Germany / the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), the German Consulate General-Toronto, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the University of Manitoba, the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, the Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre, Kuehne + Nagel, and Hapag-Lloyd AG.
For more information about the exhibition, including information about how to arrange group visits and guided tours, please contact the organizers at: Synagogues.Germany@umanitoba.ca
Oral Histories of Winnipeg Survivors -
Second Generation Project 1988 to 1989:
USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive
The 49 digitized files of the Winnipeg Second Generation Group's interviews are now integrated into the USC Shoah Foudnation's Visual History Archive. Access is available online to a sampling of the VHA collection including these files ; however the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada is now a full acess point centre. Stay tuned for more information about the VHA.
Registration is now open for our 2017 Symposium:
Save the date: Wednesday March 15, 2017
Keynote Speaker Bill Glied
Survivor of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Dachau
Key witness at the 2015 trial of Nazi Oskar Groening
Registration forms and information
November 21, 2016
MUSEUM CONDEMNS HATEFUL RHETORIC AT WHITE NATIONALIST CONFERENCE; CALLS ON THE NATION TO CONFRONT HATE SPEECH
WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is deeply alarmed at the hateful rhetoric at a conference of white nationalists held on November 19 at the Ronald Reagan Building just blocks from the Museum.
According to press reports, Richard Spencer, the leader of the National Policy Institute – a white nationalist think tank – that sponsored the conference, made several direct and indirect references to Jews and other minorities, often alluding to Nazism. He spoke in German to quote Nazi propaganda and refer to the mainstream media. He implied that the media was protecting Jewish interests and said, “One wonders if these people are people at all?” He said that America belongs to white people. His statement that white people face a choice of “conquer or die” closely echoes Adolf Hitler’s view of Jews and that history is a racial struggle for survival.
The targeting of Jews was central to Nazi racist ideology. The Germans attempted to kill every Jewish man, woman and child they could find. Nazi racism extended to other groups. By the end of World War II, the Germans and their collaborators had murdered six million Jews and millions of other innocent civilians, many of whom were targeted for racial reasons.
The Holocaust did not begin with killing; it began with words. The Museum calls on all American citizens, our religious and civic leaders, and the leadership of all branches of the government to confront racist thinking and divisive hateful speech.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a living memorial to the Holocaust, inspires citizens and leaders to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by donors nationwide. Learn more at ushmm.org.
ZOLTAN FREEMAN Z"L
The Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre
deeply mourns the passing of Zoltan Freeman
May his memory forever be a blessing.
See our Educators Page for important new
links to Online Courses in Shoah Studies from
the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure.
Guest Readers include:
The Honourable Janice Filmon
Ms. Lori Binder
The Right Reverend William G. Cliff
Mr. Lionel DeRuyver
Ms. Leah Gazan
Mrs. Sandy Hyman
His Excellency, Archbishop Albert LeGatt
Dr. Jeremy Maron
Mrs. Nafiya Naso
Mrs. Emily Shane
Mrs. Evita Smordin
Mr. Abdo (Albert) Ibrahim El Tassi – C.M., O.M., LL.D
Sensei Fredrich Louis Ulrich
Dr. Arthur Walker-Jones
Photos from our 15th annual Symposium
on our Events & Programs Page
MARCH 17, 2016, DUCKWORTH CENTRE,
UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG
WITH SURVIVOR, PINCHAS GUTTER
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 27, 2016 7pm
The Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre
The Canadian Musuem for Human Rights
Invite you to attend a special event
Free admission for this event
Click here for detailed information on presentations in the
Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre led
by educators and Shoah survivors. Online registration now
Educators! Please see our Educators and Students page for
excellent new links to online Shoah education sites.
EXCELLENT NEW ONLINE RESOURCE FOR EDUCATORS:
International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Resource Guide
the fields of Holocaust education, remembrance and research. Translations into
several languages enable these tools to be used in countries around the world.
Includes such topics as:
How to Teach about the Holocaust
Using Social Media in Holocaust Education
Teaching about the Holocaust without Survivors
The Holocaust and Other Genocides
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance is pleased to announce
the publication of its new brochure, entitled 'Marking 15 years of the
The Stockholm Declaration is IHRA's founding document and commits
governments to implementing national policies and programs in support
of Holocaust education, remembrance, and research. This brochure
marks the 15th anniversary of this seminal document and aims to highlight
the key achievements in IHRA's history. The brochure was launched by
IHRA Honorary Chairman, Professor Yehuda Bauer, at the recent IHRA
Plenary meetings in Budapest from JUNE 8-11, 2015.
A link to a pdf of the publication is available for download
BESA:CODE OF HONOR NOVEMBER 2-14
MENNONITE HERITAGE CENTRE GALLERY
TEACHING GUIDE AVAILABLE HERE
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In Remembrance Lies Hope Documentary on
International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration
March of Memory July 20, 2014
New!! Watch Indifference and the Fragility of Civilization
on Youtube! Click here for part 1