Are you a teacher? Do you want to deepen your knowledge of the Holocaust and, more broadly, genocide? Wondering how to tackle these sensitive subjects in class? Are you looking for educational resources? Register for our Teaching about the Holocaust and Genocide training seminar.

The seminar will take place on:
–  Monday, June 27 (all day), in-person at the Montreal Holocaust Museum
– Monday, July 4 (half-day), in a virtual format

The seminar is made possible by the Asper Foundation.

Objectives of Teaching about the Holocaust and Genocide

Throughout the seminar, you will:
– Become better equipped to teach about the Holocaust and other genocides
Share your experiences of teaching the Holocaust and genocide with other educators
– Discover diverse resources to address these sensitive subjects in class
– Reflect on the importance of integrating the six concepts of historical thinking into your teaching approach


  1. Workshop based on the Muguette Myers: A Childhood Under the Occupation sound app
  2. Field trip:
    Rabbis, Writers and Radicals walking tour with the Museum of Jewish Montreal
    Refugee Boulevard audio walk

  1. Reception at the Conseil des arts de Montréal:
    - Cocktail reception
    - Door prizes
    - Presentation of the Writing Lab - Résistances: le chemin de la création with Théâtre Advienne que pourra
    - Acknowledgements

Program details

All activities listed will take place in English, unless otherwise noted. For the French program running concurrently, click here.

Keynote address by Pierre Anctil

(in French, simultaneous translation provided)

Contextualizing the Holocaust

This lecture will attempt to situate the events related to the destruction of European Judaism, commonly called the Holocaust or the Shoah, within a broader historical and international context, especially regarding the effects of anti-Jewish persecution on Canadian society before, during and after the Second World War. Topics addressed will include Canadian migration policies during this crucial period, as well as antisemitism in Quebec during the 1930’s. 

About the speaker

Pierre Anctil, professor, Department of History, University of Ottawa

His research bears on the different aspects of Canadian identity and on the emergence of a field of research specifically dealing with Canada. He is also interested in ethnicity in Canada, issues on a Quebec and national level, election results in Quebec and Canada, on the Jewish community of Canada and Montréal, and more precisely on anti-Semitism, secularism, linguistic integration and racism in Canadian society. He also specializes in Canadian Yiddish literature and culture.

Pierre Anctil

Discovery Tour of the MHM’s permanent exhibition

Develop students’ empathy by sharing Muguette Myers’ moving story about her life before, during and after the Holocaust. Through our immersive audio app, students are plunged into the tumultuous past of Europe and France during the first half of the 20th century. By listening to audio excerpts that alternate between historical context and Muguette Myers’ survivor testimony, students learn about the successive stages of the Holocaust in Europe and France.

By referring to the provided poster and by interacting with the app as they speak through a mic, students become actively engaged in listening to Muguette’s testimony and develop their sense of empathy.

Poster of the Activity Muguette Myers, a childhood under the occupation


Other activities

Refugee Boulevard: Making Montreal Home after the Holocaust is a multimedia project that captures the initial experiences of child survivors who settled in the St. Urbain Ghetto, a neighbourhood known today as the Mile End or the Plateau.

A historical audio tour, based on interviews with survivors, details what it was like for these children to arrive to a new country alone or with surviving family members, build relationships, deal with adversity and discrimination, search for joy, and simply move on.This walk around the Plateau will be hosted by Nancy Rebelo, one of the project’s developers who teaches in the History Department at Dawson College.

Refugee boulevard

Résistances: le chemin de la création (in French)

Théâtre Advienne que pourra presents an exploration of the writing stage of the play Résistances (working title). On the program: a presentation of the project, readings of excerpts from the work-in-progress text and a discussion surrounding the development of the work. 

This play, inspired by different historical narratives surrounding World War II and the Holocaust, is a project born from the enthusiasm of young creators to propose a different and complementary way of exploring the potential of the intersection between dramaturgy, fiction and history. This project aims to engage the audience, young and old, in a personal and historical reflection, but also a citizen’s reflection: How do we remain true to ourselves when society, poisoned by hateful ideology, considers us guilty? Can we make the choice to resist, even at a young age, in troubled social contexts? What can the past tell us about our present society?

About the presenter

An actor, author and artist-mediator, Martin Lebrun holds a diploma in performance from the National Theatre School and a BA in Literary Studies from Université Laval. As an author, he co-wrote the script for Sherlock Holmes et le signe des Quatre (Théâtre Advienne que pourra) in 2020. In 2021, in collaboration with Andréanne Béland, he created the radio-theatre play Entretiens avec Nonor, a project that uses historical fiction to explore the theme of intergenerational memory transmission. Since 2016, he has combined his passion for literature and theatre by creating learning resources and by leading cultural mediation activities with a wide range of cultural organizations.


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