Given the COVID-19 situation we have made the leap online and this year our FREE Holocaust Education Week programs will be presented online with one self-directed exhibit at the Halifax Central Library that can also be viewed virtually. Please use the link for each program to register. We look forward to “seeing” you.


Virtual “Bogdan’s Journey” Film Presentation + Live-Streamed Q&A with Bogdan Bialek

Sunday, November 1st, 2020
2PM Atlantic | 2:30PM Newfoundland

Poland, 2015, 83 minutes. Polish/English/Hebrew with English subtitles. Directed by Michal Jaskulski/Lawrence Loewinger

This program is available to view with an Atlantic Canada IP Address only.

Bogdan’s Journey is a heartbreaking account of the pogrom that took place in the town of Kielce, Poland in July 1946. 40 Holocaust survivors were murdered and more than 80 injured by townspeople who used a false rumour accusing the Jews of kidnapping a Polish boy to incite violence. Nearly 70 years after the pogrom, Bogdan Bialek, a Christian resident of Kielce, takes it upon himself to bring his fellow residents to acknowledge and commemorate the atrocity.

Dr. Dorota Glowacka, University of King’s College, Halifax, NS, will host a live-streamed Q&A with Bogdan Bialek, direct from Poland.

This program is presented by the Atlantic Jewish Council in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and the University of King’s College. Holocaust Education Week programs are made possible in part by a generous grant from the Azrieli Foundation.


Speculative Cartographies: Mapping Five Mass Graves in the Forests of Poland

Virtual Panel Discussion and Exhibit Launch

Thursday, November 5th, 2020
7PM Atlantic | 7:30PM Newfoundland

Canadian artists – Angela Henderson and Solomon Nagler with Zapomniane Foundation Researchers Aleksandra Janus and Aleksander Schwarz.

Speculative Cartographies is an exhibition of studio research undertaken in five identified sites of mass graves of Jewish victims of the Holocaust that have been identified by the Zapomniane Foundation. Present in the exhibition are archival materials and experimental cartographic methodologies undertaken in forests where there has been confirmation of data that indicates the location of mass graves. Direct excavation is prohibited by Jewish Halacha (religious law), therefore all data about these sites are collected using non-invasive technologies such as  LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar), along with archival research and assembling oral histories.

Speculative cartographies is an art project dedicated to uncovering knowledge archived in landscape. Canadian artists – Angela Henderson and Solomon Nagler and Zapomniane Foundation Researchers Aleksandra Janus and Aleksander Schwarz – work with different ways of mapping this knowledge, using data produced by non-invasive archeological tools, as well as traditional archives and subjective maps stored in local memory cultures. This work is accompanied by reflection on the very idea – and the possibility – of a monument. Speculative cartographies extracts material traces of violence recorded in landscape, simultaneously revealing the connection between human conflicts and transformations of the natural environment. The exhibition will also include photographic research from Łukasz Baksik, including excerpts from his series Matzevot for Everyday Use, a poignant investigation and documentation of Matzevot that were pillaged during the Holocaust, and still used to this day for civic and private infrastructure and building material.  

The Speculative Cartographies Project is Funded by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, NSCAD University and MITACS. 

This program is presented by the Atlantic Jewish Council in partnership with NSCAD University, University of King’s College with the support of the Halifax Central Library. Holocaust Education Week programs are made possible in part by a generous grant from the Azrieli Foundation.


A self-guided exhibit of Speculative Cartographies will be displayed in several locations inside the Halifax Central Library, Spring Garden Road, from November 2-9.

The opening of the exhibit at the Halifax Central Library will be at 5PM on Monday, November 2, outside on the front plaza of the Halifax Central Library, social distancing and masks required.

The website for the virtual exhibition will be going live on November 5th, during the panel discussion at 7PM.



“The Crossing” Film

Available to Stream Online in Nova Scotia any time from Friday, November 6th, 2020 to Sunday November 8th, 2020

Norway, 2020, Drama, Family, Norwegian with English subtitles, 90 minutes. Directed by Johanne Helgeland

The film The Crossing is available to view in Nova Scotia, beginning Friday morning, November 6, until Sunday night, November 8. This film is available to view with a Nova Scotian IP Address only.

THE CROSSING tells the story of the adventurous 10-year-old Gerda and her brother Otto, whose parents are in the Norwegian resistance movement during the Second World War. One day, just before Christmas in 1942, Gerda and Otto’s parents are arrested, leaving the siblings on their own. Following the arrest, they discover two Jewish children, Sarah and Daniel, hidden in a secret cupboard in their basement at home. It is now up to Gerda and Otto to finish what their parents started: To help Sarah and Daniel flee from the Nazis cross the border to neutral Sweden and reunite them with their parents. THE CROSSING is a film about the confidence, uncompromising loyalty and great courage you can find in even the youngest of children.

This film screening is presented by the Atlantic Jewish Council in partnership with the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Holocaust Education Week programs are made possible in part by a generous grant from the Azrieli Foundation.


As always, feel free to contact us at info@theajc.ca for more information.

2 Comments

  1. Jennifer Solomon on October 23, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you for making this accessible

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