In honour of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, join us at the Museum to learn more about the genocide of the Jews during World War II.

  • Aspiring young writers (grade 6 and up) are invited to attend a writing workshop with author, Monique Polak at 2 pm about the importance of writing about the Holocaust. Participants will have the opportunity to interview Holocaust survivors and produce their own written work.
  • Admission to the Museum will be free from 10 am – 4 pm.

Reservations are required for the 2 pm writing workshop with Monique Polak (Bilingual Event)

Who is the author, Monique Polak?

“In addition to teaching English and Humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal, Monique is an active freelance journalist whose work appears frequently in The Montreal Gazette and in Postmedia newspapers across the country.” She has written over 20 novels for young adults, and is a two-time winner of the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and YA Literature. (Monique Polak)

Monique Polak

Who are Holocaust survivors?

They are people of the Jewish religion or culture who survived Nazi persecution during the Second World War. They have various experiences associated with the Nazis’ rise to power in 1933, and the establishment of a state policy of systematic persecution.

  • Some survived ghettos, forced labour, concentration camps and death camps (which is rare).
  • Others survived by hiding; pretending to be a Christian with false documents; living and fighting as a partisan (Jewish Resistance); escaping to Russia; fleeing Germany or Austria between 1933 and 1939 to “neutral” countries or to the United Kingdom, America and Palestine.

What is the significance of January 27?

“The resolution declared that the United Nations would designate 27 January — the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp — as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and urged Member States to develop educational programmes to instill the memory of the tragedy in future generations to prevent genocide from occurring again.” (United Nations)

Listen to Izidor Back’s testimony about his liberation from Auschwitz:

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