(Training day in French 

Are you a Grade 6 teacher? Do you want to update your knowledge and discover new tools for teaching about the Holocaust, and share your practice with other teachers?   

 Register now for this professional development day organized by the Azrieli Foundation, Yad Vashem, and the Montreal Holocaust Museum!  

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2023 
  • From 8:45 am to 3:30 pm 
  • At the Montreal Holocaust Museum 

5151, Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road Montreal H3W 1M6 

  • Reservations required 
  • Training in French 

The training day, which includes 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 completing the registration form or by contacting nadine@azrielifoundation.org  

The Program 

  • 8:45 am – 9:00 am : Welcome (coffee/tea and pastries) 
  • 9:00 – 9:30 am: Introduction to the training day 
  • 9:30 am – 11:00 am: How to talk about the Holocaust with young students? (Yad Vashem, Azrieli Foundation, Montreal Holocaust Museum) 
  • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm: The First Step (Azrieli Foundation)
    The First Step prepares teachers to begin a unit of study on the Holocaust. Experienced teachers of the Holocaust will find it is a chance to review and reflect on past approaches. Teachers who are new to teaching the Holocaust will be introduced to crucial foundational concepts and approaches. The First Step is intended for educators who teach students age twelve and older in all subjects.
  • 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch break (meal provided) 
  • 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Guided tour of the Museum, focusing on Jewish and non-Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. 


  • 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Marguerite Elias Quddus Interactive Biography. In this workshop, you’ll learn about the experience of Holocaust survivor. Marguerite Élias Quddus. through her interactive biography. The interactive biography is a new technology developed by the USC Shoah Foundation that allows you to interact with the survivor by asking her questions. Marguerite Elias Quddus was filmed over 5 days and answered over 700 questions. Thanks to the process developed, the interface searches for the most relevant answer to the question asked. 
  • 2:15 pm – 3.00 pm: Feedbacks and discussion 
  • 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm: Conclusion 

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 13,000 documents and artefacts come from donations made by survivors and their descendants. In addition, there is a remarkable collection of some 900 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. 

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