By Annette Wildgoose and Mina Cohn
The National Holocaust Monument’s inauguration on September 27th is an important occasion for Canada, for Ottawa, and for all involved in making the monument a reality. In cooperation with the Monument Council, The Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES), based in the capital, is pleased to present a special evening program to mark the monument’s inauguration.
The National Holocaust Monument stands to remind Canadians of the millions who perished and the few who survived the worst genocide in history.
CHES special program will offer those unable to participate in the inauguration ceremony an opportunity to come together later that evening to hear about the monument and its legacy from those involved in creating monuments. From vision to reality, this evening will combine an understanding of the story behind the monument with the screening of powerful testimonies of survivors, which are essential to understanding the Holocaust.
The program will feature a presentation by Rabbi Daniel Friedman, Chair of the Monument Council and Rabbi of Beth Israel Synagogue in Edmonton. Rabbi Friedman will highlight the history and importance of the monument.
Dr. Robert Krell, a psychiatrist and a Holocaust survivor, will shed light on the term ‘Child Survivor,’ which he coined. Dr. Krell was born in Holland and survived the Holocaust in hiding. He is a Founding President and Board Member of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.
The premiere screening of two testimonies of the Ottawa Survivors Testimonial Project, which was produced by CHES in the summer of 2016, will be presented. The survivors who participated in the project were all children during the Holocaust. Dr Krell’s presentation will therefore greatly enhance the screening.
The idea for the Holocaust Monument was conceived by Laura Grosman in 2007 while a student at the University of Ottawa. This largest, most complex new monument in Ottawa was designed by architect Daniel Libeskind and his team. It was established through the National Holocaust Monument Act by the Government of Canada and through generous donations by numerous contributors from across Canada.
Founded in 2015, CHES is based at Carleton University’s Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies. It is the first permanent centre in Canada’s capital to focus on the legacy and lessons of the Holocaust through special programs, research, and education.
The special program will take place on September 27th, 2017, at 7 p.m. at Library and Archives Canada. This is a free event; the public is invited with RSVP required as space is limited. To RSVP contact: firstname.lastname@example.org