(Training day in French) Would you like to learn more about the Holocaust? This training day is for you! For the first time, Yad Vashem, the Montreal Holocaust Museum and the Azrieli Foundation are joining forces to offer high school teachers a full day of training on Holocaust education.

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2022
  • From 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • At the Montreal Holocaust Museum
  • Reservations required
  • Training in French

The training day (including lunch and dinner) is completely free for teachers and members of the education community. In addition, the costs associated with your substitution are covered by the Azrieli Foundation.

Space is limited, and we strongly recommend that you confirm your reservation as soon as possible by contacting us at: marc-olivier@azrielifoundation.org

The Program :

  • 9:30 am -10:00 am : Welcome (Coffee/tea and pastries)
  • 10 am -10:45 am: Presentation of resources (Montreal Holocaust Museum). Discover the diversity of the Museum’s resources specifically adapted to high school students, whether in person at the Museum or virtually. You will reflect on the different possibilities of using these resources, either by organizing field trips with your students, or in class using our virtual offer.
  • 10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Discovery tour of the permanent exhibition (Montreal Holocaust Museum). Get acquainted with a new formula of immersive visit. The discovery tour allows students to discover objects in-depth and reflect on what they reveal about the history of the Holocaust.
  • OR
  • 10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Workshop “Resistance during the Holocaust” (Montreal Holocaust Museum). During this workshop, you will discover the story of Walter Absil and his family during the Holocaust. Through the analysis of primary sources (documents and excerpts from testimonies), you will better understand the stages of genocide. You will also discover how, at each of these stages, Walter and his family resisted. This workshop is based on the genocidal process grid in the Quebec Ministry of Education’s new guide Studying Genocide.
  • 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm: Lunch break (meal provided)
  • 12:50 pm -14:05 pm: The workshop “The Deportation of Jews During the Shoah” (Yad Vashem). From different online sources, we will analyze the pedagogical importance of studying the convoys of Jews to death camps. We will try to reconstruct the points of view of the different figures: the victims, the Nazis, their collaborators, as well as the local populations. This session will allow us to focus on the different attempts of the Jewish victims to maintain their humanity in conditions of extreme distress and brutality.
  • 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm: Using Re:Collection in the classroom (Azrieli Foundation). Re:Collection is a digital resource that allows students to discover the history of the Holocaust through the testimonies of survivors. This innovative tool brings together video interviews, memoir excerpts, photos, and artefacts, and features interactive timelines and maps that contextualize the stories within the history and geography of the genocide. Use Re:Collection in your classroom to help your students engage in critical thinking and understand the history of genocide through personal narratives and key themes of the Holocaust.

The Organisations

The Montreal Holocaust Museum was founded in 1979 by survivors who wished to promote Holocaust education, combat Holocaust denial, and create a place of remembrance for the 6 million Jews murdered during the genocide. The majority of the collection’s 13,500 documents and artefacts come from donations made by survivors and their descendants. In addition, there is a remarkable collection of over 870 recorded testimonies. Since its founding, the mission of the Montreal Holocaust Museum has been to inform and sensitize people of all ages and backgrounds about the Holocaust, as well as the dangers of antisemitism, racism, hatred and indifference.

Established in 1953, Yad Vashem – the International Institute for the Remembrance of the Holocaust – has been entrusted with the
commemoration, documentation, research and education about the Holocaust. Located on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem has several museums, research and educational centres, and memorials. Yad Vashem’s International School of Holocaust Education offers a wide range of activities for students and teachers in Holocaust education. It develops innovative teaching methods, creative educational materials and customized multimedia tools for teachers around the world.

The Azrieli Foundation created the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program to collect, preserve and share the memoirs and diaries written by Holocaust survivors who immigrated to Canada. To date, they have published the testimonies of 122 author-survivors and have distributed over 400,000 copies to teachers and students across Canada. These stories bring history to life, which is why they distribute the memoirs – published in English and French, and available in print and PDF – to schools across Canada free of charge.