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International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27, 2021

UNESCO has designated January 27, 2021 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day to mark the 76th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This day pays tribute to victims of the Holocaust and aims to spread awareness and education about racism, anti-Semitism, and religious intolerance and persecution. HCDSB will honour and commemorate this day with online liturgies for both elementary and secondary schools, as well as age and grade appropriate lessons about the Holocaust. Teachers and staff can access the Liturgy of the World by following: 

Staffnet Home Page – Board services – Curriculum Services – General Resources -Annual Event Resources – Holocaust Memorial Day  

HCDSB has approved the following videos for use on January 27: 

Pope Francis calls for Holocaust remembrance (1:05mins) 

2020 Tribute to Holocaust survivors produced by The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem (58:10mins) 

They are taking us to our death by The National Post (3:49mins) 

Kids meet a Holocaust survivor by HiHo Kids (10:25mins) 

The atrocities of the Holocaust touched every corner of the world, including Canada, and there are many resources that highlight the Canadian perspective. Canada and the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism in Canada are articles available through the Canadian Encyclopedia. The Government of Canada has compiled a list of recources for the purpose of education and research. The University of Toronto offers resources for teachers of elementary and secondary students including lesson plans, teacher guides and reproducibles.  

The slide below contains links to these and many other reputable resources.