Virtual Holocaust Education Symposium
November 14 to 19, 2021
For the first time ever, a fall session of our Symposium has been added during the first semester of the school year from November 14 to 19. To learn more, or to register, click here
If you have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.  

About the Annual Holocaust Education Symposium

For over 37 years, local Holocaust Survivors and 2nd Generation Voices have shared their stories with tens of thousands of high school students at Calgary Jewish Federation’s annual Holocaust Education Symposium in cooperation with Mount Royal University. Despite the difficulty in sharing their painful memories, brave Survivors have been recounting their unspeakable and complicated experiences while consistently leaving students with a message of hope for the future. Started in the mid-80’s as a response to Holocaust denial spread by an Alberta teacher, these stories are gifts that help us spread the concepts of acceptance, understanding and peace and stand as memorials to those who were silenced by the Holocaust. Symposium generally takes place during the 1st or 2nd week of May over the course of 3 days and is for students in grades 11 & 12, touching the lives of over 3,000 students and teachers per year. There is no cost associated with the program, although we do encourage attendees to complete a short survey to help us make our program better and to ensure that this program is of value to the community. 


Virtual Symposium 

In the face of the pandemic, the Annual Holocaust Education Symposium was swiftly adapted to a virtual format. This didn't stop over four thousand students and educators from being reached through Symposium in May of 2021. Due to high demand, Calgary Jewish Federation's Holocaust education department will be hosting an additional virtual Holocaust Education Symposium this November 2021. In addition to hearing from a Historian from Mount Royal University, students will have the opportunity to watch a historical documentary and hear from a Holocaust Survivor. Keep an eye out for more information and registration forms coming soon. 

Contact us to learn more or pre-register your school.

School Resources

Find additional resources, or learn more about Survivor and descendant presentations throughout the year here