Canada and the Holocaust

Learn more about the history of Canada and the Holocaust and how our response to the Holocaust shaped our society. Discover the resources available for remembrance and education about the Holocaust, and how Canada hosted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

Remembering the Holocaust

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Learn about the origin of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, and how it is celebrated in Canada.

National Holocaust Monument

The National Holocaust Monument is being built in Ottawa and is scheduled to be completed in 2017. The monument will serve as a permanent reminder for Canadians of all faiths to stand together against intolerance and hatred. Learn more about the construction and history of the National Holocaust Monument.  

Video – David Shentow, Holocaust survivor

Imagine spending time in a concentration camp and then starting a new life in Canada. David Shentow, Holocaust survivor, describes what being Canadian means to him in the video True North Strong and Free: David Shentow.

Canada and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) is an intergovernmental body made up of government officials and experts from 31 countries. It supports Holocaust education, remembrance and research in member countries and around the world. Canada chaired IHRA from March 2013 to March 2014. Learn more about Canada and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and the different initiatives created during Canada’s Chair Year.

Canadian Holocaust resources

Canada has invested significantly in Holocaust education, remembrance and research. This includes supporting museums, monuments, university projects and survivor testimonies. Learn more about the Canadian Holocaust resources available to you.

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