15th Annual Holocaust Education Week: Oct 24 – Nov 2 2018

In Memoriam

This year Holocaust Education Week is dedicated to the memory of two Holocaust survivors, who passed away this year, Steven Markus (1923-2018) and Philip Riteman (1922-2018). Their contributions to Holocaust education will not be forgotten.

“While writing this story of our lives during the Second World War in Hungary, I think back to the many close encounters my brother Feri and I had with death. Time and time again, people and circumstances saved us from destruction. We followed our parents’ advice to look after each other and this helped us survive through those dark days.”  –Steven Markus, Miracle Postcards: Two Jewish Brothers in Wartime Hungary, 2013.


“I am speaking for millions and millions who cannot speak: Jews and non-Jews who died as a result of the Nazis’ infamous, systematic and murderous practices during the Third Reich. I want the younger generation to know what happened. The message I want to make known is one of Love rather than Hate. Hate destroys people, communities and countries. Love binds us all together and makes a better world. Remember it is better to Love than to Hate.” – Philip Riteman, Millions of Souls: The Philip Riteman Story, 2010, Flanker Press.

2018 Holocaust Education Week Schedule:


Wednesday, October 24

 ‘Merely Human:’ Constructions of Feeble-Mindedness and the Origins of the Nazi Euthanasia Program | Guest speaker Dr. Warren Rosenblum|


Halifax Central Library, Paul O’Regan Hall

5440 Spring Garden Road | 7PM

Introduction by Dr. Dorota Glowacka, Professor of Humanities and Director of the Contemporary Studies Programme at the University of King’s College

Presented in partnership with the University of King’s College and Halifax Central Library

Long before theo Nazi seizure of power, German reformers established almost 100 asylums for the “feeble-minded.” This presentation explores the relationship between the progressives’ “work of salvation” and the mass murder of persons with intellectual disabilities under the Nazis.

Dr. Warren Rosenblum is professor of history and chair of the History, Politics, and International Relations Department at Webster University in St. Louis. He is the author of Beyond the Prison Gates: Punishment and Welfare in Germany, 1850-1933, which won the Baker-Burton Prize of the Southern Historical Association. He has also published essays on the history of disability, eugenics and euthanasia, and antisemitism in modern Europe.

Credit for Warren’s photo: (photo courtesy: the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

Educators Program: Friday, October 26 – Provincial Social Studies Conference, Saint Mary’s University

Erica Fagen, Education Agent, Montreal Holocaust Museum, presents Holocaust exhibits and resources for educators teaching students in grades 5 – 12. Registration required – Nova Scotia Department of Education.

Monday, October, 29th

Were the House Still Standing

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Bronfman Theatre, Bratty Hall

1055 Marginal Road | 7PM

Guest Speaker: Robert Katz, Professor of Art, University of Maine, Augusta; Board of Director and Past-President of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Augusta

Katz, co-creator of WTHSS, an exhibit commissioned as a permanent installation for the Holocaust and Human Rights Center as an innovative audio-visual project to remember the testimony of 16 Maine Holocaust survivors and liberators.

Katz’s film allows for unexpected reflection and stillness. Beginning with music and tranquil imagery taken from the natural world-flowing streams, forests, meadows, birds- the film only gradually and subtly introduces its subject matter of death and suffering. Moving slowly from the depiction of bucolic stillness, and only gradually to the world of human suffering and horror, WTHSS is a remarkable contribution to the history of documentary film about the Holocaust.- Professor Henry Schvey, Department of Drama and Comparative Literature, Washington University, St. Louis.

Reception and fellowship to follow

 In partnership with the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Thursday, November 1st – Holocaust Speaker Maxwell Smart


Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Rowe Hall

1055 Marginal Road| 7PM

 Guest Speaker: Holocaust survivor Maxwell Smart  


In the town of Buczacz, Poland, nine-year-old Maxwell’s life is turned upside-down when the Soviets invade in 1939. His family eventually adapts, but nothing can prepare them for the Nazi invasion two years later. Soon Maxwell is alone in the woods, hiding from the roving groups of Ukrainians and Nazis searching for Jews, while depending on the few people he can trust. In the bitter journey of Chaos to Canvas, Maxwell transforms from a boy dependent on his family to a teenager fighting to survive and, ultimately, to a man who finds himself through art in a life beyond the war.  Maxwell immigrated to Canada in 1948 through the War Orphans Project. Since his arrival in Canada, Maxwell has lived in Montreal, where he has become a successful painter, opening his own art gallery in 2006.

 Reception and fellowship to follow

In partnership with the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and sponsored by The Azrieli Foundation

Friday, November 2nd – Student Program

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Rowe Hall

1055 Marginal Road | 10:30 PM

Guest Speaker: Holocaust survivor Maxwell Smart (see Thursday’s program listing).

Registration required and teachers will receive a short activity to complete with students prior to arrival, to reserve your space please contact: Alexandra Cherry, Acting Public Programs Manager, acherry@pier21.ca : 902.425.7770 ext: 263.

To see this year’s Holocaust Education Week Poster, please click here.

1 Comment

  1. Nancy on November 6, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Please notify us about next year’s Holocaust Education week

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