International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Established by the United Nations, January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  January 27th marks the anniversary of the liberation of Asuchwitz-Birkenau and now honours the six million victims of the Holocaust.  It is also an opportunity to reflect on the discrimination that continues today in our community and globally.  In York Region hate crimes have increased significantly over the past few years and 74% of crimes motivated by anti-religious hate were against the Jewish community.  With antisemitism on the rise the Province has revised the Grade 6 curriculum to include mandatory Holocaust education to provide a deeper understanding of the significance of the Holocaust.

SUGGESTED READING

Topic Guide:  The Holocaust

Stories of the Holocaust

Holocaust Literature - a selection of titles for Young Adults

VIRTUAL EXHIBITS

Explore these digital stories from the Canadian Museum for Human Rights:

Canada, Antisemitism and the Holocaust, opens a new window

The Stain of Antisemitism in Canada, opens a new window

A Yiddish Poem from the Holocaust, opens a new window

Explore the online learning resources of the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre., opens a new window

York Regional Police recommends the following actions if you witness or are the victim of a hate crime: 

  • Report the incident to York Regional Police.  If it is an emergency or the hate crime is still in progress call 9-1-1.
  • Remain calm
  • Write down details of the incident
  • Keep all relevant evidence