The AJC’s 18th Annual Holocaust Education Week (HEW): November 1-7, 2021

Registration and additional program details, including the live-stream links are below.

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

All programs will be live-streamed in Atlantic Canada.


Monday, November 1 | 7PM | Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Rowe Hall

Speaker: David Korn, Holocaust survivor, in an interview with Olga Milosevich.

Introduction by Elin Beaumont, Education and Community Initiatives, The Azrieli Foundation, Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program.

Please join us to celebrate the publication of David Korn’s memoirs in the Azrieli Foundation’s recent anthology, At Great Risk: Memoirs of Rescue during the Holocaust. All attendee will receive a copy of David Korn’s memoirs, compliments of the Azrieli Foundation. Reception to follow.

In a Protestant orphanage in Slovakia, a pastor shelters David and his brother Jacob at a time when most turned away from the anti-Jewish atrocities, some people risked their lives to save their Jewish friends, neighbours and often, even strangers. David reconnected with his rescuer, who was honoured with the title of Righteous Among the Nations.

Olga Milosevich
Olga Milosevich studied music at the University of British Columbia, and then Broadcast Journalism at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. In 1983, she moved to Halifax for a job with the CBC. She hosted 2 CBC Radio network shows, “Weekender” and “Music Alive” and worked as host and producer of the regional arts show “Connections”, and produced a daily arts report for “Mainstreet”. She retired in July 2012. In November 2012, in recognition of her community service, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Proof of vaccination is required for entry to the museum. Registration required. This program will be live-streamed (not recorded) for those who want to join us virtually.

REGISTRATION for the in-person event please click on the link: In Conversation with Holocaust Survivor David Korn

LIVE STREAM on Monday, November 1, 7PM, please click on the link: LIVESTREAM


Tuesday morning, November 2 | Student program with David Korn

Live-streamed from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 | Educators, to register your class and receive books and an assignment, to be completed (from the Azrieli Foundation) prior to attending the program, please email: Edna LeVine, AJC Director of Community Engagement: engagement @


Wednesday, November 3 | 7PM | Halifax Central Library, Paul O’Regan Hall, 5440 Spring Garden Road.

Understanding the Holocaust Through Photographs (with Q&A to follow). Some of the photographs in this program contain graphic images.

Guest speaker: Dr. Valerie Hébert, Lakehead University, Associate Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Valerie Hébert will join us remotely.

Introduction and moderator: Dr. Dorota Glowacka, University of King’s College, Director of Contemporary Studies Program and Professor of Humanities.

Dr. Hébert has received research fellowships from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the German Historical Institute, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, and the Martin Buber Society of Hebrew University. She has written on the Nuremberg Trials and Rwanda’s Gacaca Tribunals, the place of the Holocaust in the evolution of Human Rights Law, and Holocaust photography. She has presented her work at conferences in Canada, the US, the UK, and Europe. 

This program will be live-streamed (not recorded) for those who want to join us virtually.

No registration required, entry to the Halifax Central Library requires proof of vaccination.

LIVE STREAM LINK BEGINS AT 7PM WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3: Please click here to access the livestream link. Registration is not required.


Closing Program:

Sunday, November 7 | 2PM | Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Rowe Hall

Terribly Close: Polish ”Folk Art” as Holocaust Witness?

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Erica Lehrer, Concordia University, Professor, Departments of History and Sociology-Anthropology. 

Can inanimate objects store and communicate traumatic memory that cannot be directly expressed? This talk examines “folk art” made by non-professional Polish artists – most of them village labourers – documenting the German Nazi occupation of Poland and the Holocaust.

Made largely in the 1960s and 70s, these objects are uncanny: at times deeply moving, at others grotesque, they can also be disturbing for the ways they impose Catholic idioms on Jewish suffering, or upend accepted roles of victim, perpetrator, and bystander. Cultural anthropologist and curator Erica Lehrer describes her collaboration with Polish researchers to explore the motivations, uses, and ethical implications of these works, asking whether we might view them as legitimate “arts of witness,” and discussing the significance of curating difficult knowledge in Polish museums today.

Dr. Erica Lehrer is the author of Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places (2013); and co-editor of Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions (2016); Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland (2015); and Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places (2011). In 2013 she curated the exhibit Souvenir, Talisman, Toy at the Kraków Ethnographic Museum (MEK) in Poland, and in 2014 published the accompanying book Lucky Jews.  Most recent work includes the collaborative project Awkward Objects of Genocide, which resulted in the exhibition Terribly Close: Polish Vernacular Artists Face the Holocaust at MEK in 2018-19.

Art Exhibit: All Flesh is Grass: A Multidirectional-Post-Memorial (on view Sunday only, outside of Rowe Hall)

Canadian artists Angela Henderson and Solomon Nagler continue their collaboration with Polish artists Alexandra Janusz and Aleksander Schwarz to present a site-specific performance/intervention that maps the untold histories and unmarked graves of Jewish victims of the Holocaust in an architectural space within sight of Elpaqkwitk (Georges Island). With these works, they continue their artistic research with experimental mapping of these landscapes in Eastern Poland through performance, photography and sculptural artworks. At Pier 21, their work intervenes in a national museum that memorializes settler immigration on Turtle Island. This work on the Shoah is contextualized within a space of difficult history in Miꞌkmaꞌki.

Artists Talk (to follow Dr. Erica Lehrer’s presentation in Rowe Hall) : with Halifax artists Solomon Nagler and Angela Henderson, NSCAD. Prior to the Artists Talk there will be an opportunity to view the exhibit.

Proof of vaccination is required for entry to the museum, registration required. This program will be live-streamed (not recorded) for those who want to join us virtually.

REGISTRATION for the in-person event please click on this link: Closing Holocaust Education Week with Erica Lehrer



The Atlantic Jewish Council presents HEW, co-sponsored, and with the support of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, University of King’s College, Halifax Central Library, and NSCAD.

All HEW programs are made possible by a generous grant from The Azrieli Foundation.

October 22, 2021: NS Social Studies Teachers Association Conference | Educators registration: NSSSTA |
Virtual session: Holocaust Education Resources for Educators

Edna LeVine, Director of Community Engagement, Atlantic Jewish Council, Halifax, NS.

An overview of Holocaust education resources available for junior high and high school educators in Atlantic Canada.

Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies:

Guest speaker: Jeffrey Morry, Senior Program Manager, The Asper Foundation, Winnipeg, MB.

The Azrieli Foundation Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program:

Guest speaker: Marc-Olivier Cloutier, Manager of Education Initiatives, The Azrieli Foundation, Montréal, QC.


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

    Thank you for making this accessible

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  3. Rosalie o. Collier on November 3, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    So grateful this program has come to spite 21, I have been reading a great deal on the Holocaust fiction and nonfiction. This world is again experiencing the rise of dictatorships around the world, we see the growing bad behaviour associated with discrimination and it is my hope that our children around the world is rightfully taught that yes there was a Holocaust and millions – families (children and the aged) were sent to the crematoriums as ordered by Hitler and his henchmen to wipe out all of those of Jewish blood, communists, gypsies, those who were handicapped and of new use to Hitler’s dream of a pure German race.
    For those who survived and their extended families my heartfelt sympathies and love to you.

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