The Exploring the Evidence – The Holocaust, Cambodian Genocide, and Canadian Intervention educational program on Canada’s intervention during the Holocaust (1933-1945) and the Cambodian genocide (1975-1979) reflects on genocide, human rights, and issues relating to intervention.

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, organizations, and private citizens to take action and save lives? Through this activity, explore the concepts of rights and fundamental freedoms, genocide, and issues relating to intervention and the protection of human rights with your students.

Students will develop their understanding of genocide, intervention and human rights; interpret facts by analyzing primary and secondary sources from the Holocaust and the Cambodian genocide; and learn about Canada’s immigration policies and its role in intervention.

Download the Exploring the Evidence – The Holocaust, Cambodian Genocide, and Canadian Intervention pedagogical activity

The Exploring the Evidence – The Holocaust, Cambodian Genocide, and Canadian Intervention pedagogical activity is available online free of charge. Click on the download links at the bottom of this page for the activity that corresponds to your province’s curriculum. If your province/territory isn’t listed, you can use the Quebec activity.

Curriculum Links

  • Analyzing primary and secondary written and visual sources
  • Practising historical and political interpretation
  • Reflecting in a critical and complex way on social issues at an international scale

Quebec teachers

A print version of this activity is available free of charge* for Quebec teachers by filling out 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 stages of genocide, etc.
  • A Brief History of the Holocaust Reference Guide
  • A DVD containing photos and excerpts of survivor testimonies

* Attention! Fees: The activity itself is free; however, shipping/courier costs for the activity are at your own expense.  In-person pickup at the Museum is free.

The Khmer Rouge army
invades Phnom Penh. © DCCAM
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The Khmer Rouge army invades Phnom Penh. © DCCAM

Letter from T. Liebowitz to W. Biberkraut, smuggled out of the Warsaw ghetto (Poland), 1942.
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Letter from T. Liebowitz to W. Biberkraut, smuggled out of the Warsaw ghetto (Poland), 1942.

Eastern European Jew.
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Eastern European Jew.

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