What was Canada’s reaction to the Holocaust (1933-1945) and the Cambodian Genocide (1975-1979)? What courses of action were possible at the time? What incites governments, organiations, and private citizens to take action save lives? Explore these questions with your students through the “Exploring the Evidence: The Holocaust, Cambodian Genocide, and Canadian Intervention” learning activity.

Designed for: Contemporary World, Secondary 5, Ethics and Religious Culture

Meeting of Labour Zionist party in Warsaw, 1919
Loaned by Frances Nemetz Lew.
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Meeting of Labour Zionist party in Warsaw, 1919 Loaned by Frances Nemetz Lew.

Kiddush blessing before the Sabbath meal.
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Kiddush blessing before the Sabbath meal.

Actors in a play on the occasion of Purim at Chorostkow, Poland, 1934.
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Actors in a play on the occasion of Purim at Chorostkow, Poland, 1934.

The wedding of Stephan Molnar and Edith Gero, Budapest, Hungary,1932
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The wedding of Stephan Molnar and Edith Gero, Budapest, Hungary,1932.

Polish Jews before the Holocaust
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Polish Jews before the Holocaust

Call of the Shofar for morning prayers by observant Jews.
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Call of the Shofar for morning prayers by observant Jews.

Salomon and Sara Heiss in their grocery store, Vienna, Austria, 1933.
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Salomon and Sara Heiss in their grocery store, Vienna, Austria, 1933.

Eastern European Jew before the Holocaust.
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Eastern European Jew before the Holocaust.

Elie Dawang and his parents, Paris, 1938.
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Elie Dawang and his parents, Paris, 1938.

Jewish children in a daycare centre, Paris, 1934.
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Jewish children in a daycare centre, Paris, 1934.

Jewish students, Hungary, 1939.
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Jewish students, Hungary, 1939.

Novak family in the Czech Republic, 1935.
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Novak family in the Czech Republic, 1935.

Erika Urbach, with her teddy bear, Poland, 1927.
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Erika Urbach, with her teddy bear, Poland, 1927.

Friends in a park, Paris, 1934.
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Friends in a park, Paris, 1934.

1932 election ballot in
Germany showing a vote for Adolf Hitler
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1932 election ballot in Germany showing a vote for Adolf Hitler

Passers-by who look at broken windows during the November Pogroms (Kristallnacht - Crystal Night)
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Passers-by who look at broken windows during the November Pogroms (Kristallnacht - Crystal Night)

Page of the German antisemitic book for children "Trust No Fox on his Green Heath
And No Jew on his Oath"
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Page of the German antisemitic book for children "Trust No Fox on his Green Heath And No Jew on his Oath"

A Jewish man is humiliated
by Nazi soldiers who
are cutting his beard.
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A Jewish man is humiliated by Nazi soldiers who are cutting his beard.

Prisoners liberated
from Bergen-Belsen
concentration camp, 1946.
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Prisoners liberated from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, 1946.

Book this activity free of charge using the pre-reservation form. You will receive:

  • The teaching guide
  • Student materials
  • Appendices: Documents and glossaries pertaining to the Holocaust and the Cambodian Genocide, the genocide, etc.
  • “A Brief History of the Holocaust” Reference Tool
  • A DVD containing photos and excerpts of survivor testimonies