TORONTO, Oct. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada, as Chair of the International
Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), is honoured to host a major
international conference to address a range of important issues on
Holocaust education, remembrance and research.
"The Holocaust is a crime that stands alone in human history for the
scale of its horror and inhumanity," stated Jason Kenney, Minister for
Multiculturalism. "The government of Canada, under the leadership of
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has been dedicated to ensuring that the
lessons of the Holocaust are never forgotten."
As a leader in Holocaust education and commemoration, Canada has
prepared a world-class program to advance this global effort.
The five days of international meetings begin with an academic
conference hosted by the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of
Toronto, on October 6 and 7. The conference, New Scholars, New Research on the Holocaust, features 24 speakers from North America, Europe, Israel, Australia,
and Argentina and will showcase emerging interdisciplinary scholarship
in the field. The academic conference is free and open to the public.
From October 8 to10, the biannual IHRA working meeting will bring
together experts, academics and policy-makers from 31 member countries,
4 observer countries, and 6 permanent observer organizations. Meetings
will conclude on Thursday with a plenary session organized by
Government of Canada officials to discuss various aspects of Holocaust
remembrance and research, including a working definition of Holocaust
denial and distortion, and development of an IHRA grant strategy for
2014-2017. IHRA member states will also discuss implementation of a
multi-year plan to research and memorialize killing sites that lie
outside of major death camps, improve access to archival Holocaust
documents and increase our understanding of the ways in which the
Holocaust is taught in schools around the world.
The unprecedented character of the Holocaust will always hold universal
meaning. IHRA member countries are committed to the principle of "never
again," pledging to strengthen their efforts to commemorate the victims
of the Holocaust, to honour the Righteous Among the Nations who stood
against it, and to ensure that their stories are preserved for future
For more information on Canada's commitment to Holocaust education and
remembrance, please visit: www.cic.gc.ca/holocaust
For the agenda of the academic conference, please visit: http://www.cjs.utoronto.ca/events/calendar/conference-new-scholarsnew-research-holocaust
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