TORONTO, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - UJA Federation's 30th Annual Holocaust Education Week (HEW) runs from November 1 to November 9, 2010 with events throughout the GTA and Ontario. HEW, organized by UJA
Federation's Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, is the world's largest Holocaust education
event, with over 140 educational and cultural programs.
This year's Holocaust Education Week is themed "We Who Survived," honouring Holocaust survivors and the importance of survivor
testimony. The opening program on November 1 will feature Steven D. Smith, founder of the UK Holocaust Centre and one of the world's leading
advocates of Holocaust Education and genocide prevention, together with Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter. Smith and Gutter will share their remarkable story about how Smith was
able to release Gutter's memories that had been suppressed since the
Holocaust. Today, the two men are close friends.
The closing program, November 9th at Shaarei Shomayim Congregation, will commemorate Kristallnacht, the
Night of Broken Glass, when from November 9-10, 1938, a massive,
coordinated state-sponsored attack was carried out against Jewish
homes, synagogues and businesses throughout Germany and Austria.
Survivors of Kristallnacht will participate in a solemn candle-lighting
ceremony. Ephraim Kaye, Director of the International Seminars at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem,
will be the guest speaker. Mr. Kaye will present a unique project
developed with Hebrew University and Yad Vashem that preserves the
legacies of Holocaust survivors. The project consists of eight films
that follow eight survivors as they journey back to their birthplaces.
The films explore life before, during and in the aftermath of the
In addition to the events throughout the week which include concerts,
film screenings and lectures, over 55 Holocaust survivors will share
their diverse experiences through speaking engagements at local
schools, libraries, community centers, synagogues and churches. There
are over 20 church sponsored events, organized by the Christian-Jewish
Dialogue of Toronto. Additionally, there are programs sponsored by
Polish, Armenian, Roma and gay community organizations.
The full schedule of Holocaust Education Week programs is available at href="http://www.holocausteducationweek.com/">www.holocausteducationweek.com. Most programs are free of charge.
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