Holocaust & Human Rights Education and Commemoration

Holocaust Survivor, Bronia Cyngiser, at a School Visit

Calgary Jewish Federation’s Holocaust Education and Commemoration department’s mission is to promote acceptance, social justice, and human rights through education and remembrance of the Holocaust.

As the primary leader in Holocaust education for Southern Alberta, our department engages approximately 4,000+ students and teachers annually.

In addition, we present, partner or sponsor numerous public cultural and commemorative events to memorialize those who perished and honour those who survived.  

Exciting Conference Opportunity - WFJCSHD in Vancouver Fall of 2019. 

Register Today!  The World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust & Descendants will be holding it's Annual Gathering on November 1 - 4, 2019 in Vancouver, B.C.

Learn more at:  https://www.holocaustchild.org/conferences/upcoming-conferences or email csconference2019@gmail.com  


March of the Living 2020 - Registration is now open!


Students are invited to register for the 2020 March of the Living to Poland and Israel. Registration closes on November 1st. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is open to students in Grades 10 -12. There is also a Young Adult Trip and an Adult trip.  Learn more at March of the Living Canada.  For more information about registration or the program, email Ilana or call 403-444-3162. 

CJF offers FREE resources, services and education to schools, youth organizations and inter-faith groups. Call 403-444-3162 for more information or Click HERE to download our Teachers' Resource Guide.

Learn about Holocaust Ed.

Our Holocaust Education Programs:



In the Classroom: 

Through Their Eyes - The 2nd Voices Project


Holocaust Educator Visits



  • Holocaust Survivor Visits

    Calgary Jewish Federation facilitates visits by Holocaust survivors to senior high schools in Calgary and surrounding areas. During these encounters students have the opportunity to hear the testimony of survivors, ask questions and engage in discussion. These sessions have been described by students and teachers as inspiring and empowering because despite the horrors the survivors experienced, they bring a message of hope. Contact: Ilana Krygier 403-444-3162 or

Holocaust Education Trips and Travel:


Calgary Jewish Federation's Washington Holocaust & Human Rights Studies Program


The Asper Foundation's Human Rights & Holocaust Studies Program to Winnipeg, Manitoba


The March of the Living


The March of Remembrance & Hope


Education Programs for Students and Teachers:

Calgary Jewish Federation's Biennial Holocaust Education Teachers' Conference. (Next Conference in the Spring of 2019.)  Click HERE to view the 2017 Brochure.  


  • Holocaust Education Symposium with Mount Royal University

    For over 30 years, local Holocaust survivors have been sharing their stories with high school students at our Annual Holocaust Education Symposium, in cooperation with Mount Royal University, the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Catholic School District. Each May, about 3,000 students in Grades 11 & 12 attend a half-day session featuring local historians, a film about the Holocaust and the opportunity to hear and speak with Holocaust survivors. Information: click for email.

Community-Wide Remembrance and Commemorations: 

  • Kristallnacht

    On November 9-10, 1938, the Nazis staged violent pogroms – state sanctioned, anti-Jewish riots – against the Jewish communities of Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. These events came to be known as Kristallnacht (commonly translated as “Night of Broken Glass”), a reference to the broken windows of synagogues, Jewish owned stores, community centers, and homes plundered and destroyed that night. Rioters burned or destroyed synagogues, Jewish businesses, and killed at least 91 Jewis...

  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    The UN General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this annual day of commemoration, the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.

  • Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG'vurah (יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה; "Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day"), known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah (יום השואה) and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed as the day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period.

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