International Holocaust Remembrance Day

A Series of Events: Films, Talks and Special Guests

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated annually by the United Nations on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. This year, Italy is the chair country of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. It is a global day of memorialisation for the victims of the Holocaust.  Each year, Canadians and individuals all over the world take this opportunity to remember the victims of the atrocities of the Holocaust and reflect on the dangers of antisemitism.

This year, the Museum is proud to partner with the Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada, B’nai Brith Canada, Congregation Shaarey Zedek, La Lupa di Roma Lodge and the Dante Alighieri Society in exploring the legacy of the Holocaust and the continuing damaging effects of antisemitism and prejudice in societies across the world today. 

The following three events are proudly presented in partnership:


Curator talk and film screening of The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018
Time: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. 
Location: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, MTS Classrooms on Level 1, 85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, MB
Cost: Free, all are welcome.


On January 28th, you are invited to engage in an afternoon of reflection and dialogue on the experiences of Italian Jews during the Holocaust. Join us at The Canadian Museum for Human Rights for a talk by Dr. Jeremy Maron, the Museum’s curator of Holocaust and genocide content, along with a screening of the film The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. This film chronicles the story of an Italian Jewish family living in Ferrara in the late 1930s, at a time when fascism placed increased limitations on their human rights.  The curator talk will be followed by a Q&A. 


Talk on the life of Primo Levi with Dr. Alain Goldschlager

Date: Monday, January 29, 2018
Time: 7 p.m – 9 p.m. 
Location: Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 561 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg, MB
Cost: Free, all are welcome.

On January 29th, you are invited to a talk at Congregation Shaarey Zedek by Dr. Alain Goldschlager, Professor at the University of Western Ontario, who has published extensively on the Holocaust, including reflections on the life of Italian-Jewish writer and Holocaust survivor, Primo Levi. Levi’s 1947 memoir, If This Is A Man, bears witness to the dehumanizing treatment of the Jews and other inmates in Auschwitz. While it is a chronicle of the horrific forces of hatred and bigotry, If This Is A Man equally captures the strength and resilience of the human spirit in the darkest of times. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and a reception. 


Talk on the response of the Catholic Church during the Holocaust by Father Sam Argenziano

Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
Location: Holy Rosary Parish Hall, Roy Poltronetti Room, 510 River Ave, Winnipeg, MB
Cost: Free, all are welcome.

On January 30th, you are invited to join us for a talk at the Holy Rosary Parish Hall, Roy Poltronetti Room by Father Sam Argenziano on the response of the Catholic Church to the Holocaust.  The talk will be followed by a Q&A and reception. 


Please note that interpretation services in American Sign Language will be available at these events. 


Programs are subject to cancellation or changes without notice.