The mission of the Holocaust and Human Rights: Remembrance and Education department of Calgary Jewish Federation 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, and sponsor numerous public cultural and commemorative events to memorialize those who perished and honour those who survived. 

Here to Tell - Faces of Holocaust Survivors

Coming May 26 - July 3, 2022


This three-part Holocaust Survivor photography project aims at educating the community about the Holocaust and antisemitism, while honoring and commemorating our Calgary connected Holocaust Survivors. This project represents a unique and vanishing opportunity to honour living Holocaust Survivors, as well as those who have passed on.   


The project consists of a photography exhibit, a book, as well as a short film featuring the photography process, and a behind-the-scenes in creating this commemorative and educational project. 

 

The deadline to submit for the Fall 2021 exhibit has passed. For those who missed the deadline but are interested to learn about other opportunities to get involved, please contact Marnie Bondar and Dahlia Libin.

Holocaust and Human Rights: Remembrance and Education, Co-Chairs

Dahlia Libin and Marnie Bondar are both granddaughters of four Holocaust Survivors and have been dedicated volunteers for Calgary Jewish Federation for many years. They have learned about the suffering and brutal, tragic loss of essentially their entire families in the Shoah. Their scope of experience includes programs such as L’Dor va Dor, Second Voices Project, and the Annual Holocaust Education Symposium, to commemorations including Yom HaShoah, Kristallnacht, and International Holocaust Rememberance Day. They remain passionate about ensuring that the horrors experienced during the Shoah are understood, remembered, and learned from, today and for generations to come. Together, Dahlia and Marnie will be overseeing this department to ensure continued programming and commemorations remain an important part of our community’s activities.

Dahlia Libin has been a community volunteer and Holocaust education advocate for many years. Her surviving family was fortunate to start a new life in Canada, immigrating first to Montreal and eventually Calgary, where Dahlia was born and raised. After completing dual bachelor degrees and a Masters in Social Work with a specialty focus in gerontology, Dahlia supported a variety of organizations including the Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary and Alberta Health Services.

Marnie Bondar grew up well-fed on chicken soup and extraordinary stories of survival and heroism. She maintained a tight bond with her Babi, Freda Plucer, until Freda’s death in January of 2020. The two shared a lifelong commitment to standing up to intolerance and discrimination. After completing degrees in Honours English with Psychology, and obtaining her LLB, Marnie practiced law in Edmonton for many years before becoming Mediation Coordinator for the Alberta Mediation Project for the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. She has always been committed to Holocaust education in both Calgary and Edmonton; once Freda was no longer able to share her experiences from the Holocaust, Marnie stepped in to speak as part of the Second Voices Project. Marnie has spoken to thousands of students across Alberta for the last five years, and considers it an incredible honour to bring her Babi’s history to today’s youth.

Holocaust and Human Rights Education Programs

  • Through Their Eyes - 2nd Voices Project

    The 2nd Voices Project is a free multi-media presentation series brought into schools by 2nd & 3rd generation of Holocaust Survivors. With help from a generous grant from the Alberta Human Rights Commission, Federation has created multi-media addresses whereby children and grandchildren bring their parents’ or grandparents’ Survivor testimony to life in classrooms grades 7-12.

  • Holocaust Education Symposium

    For over 37 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 survivor

  • March of the Living

    Every Spring, thousands of Jewish teens from countries around the world share in a once-in-a-lifetime experience, when they march the three-kilometer distance separating Auschwitz from Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built by the Nazis during World War II. You could be there – along with hundreds of other Canadians taking part in this ev...

Remembrances and Commemorations

Yom HaShoah 2021

We honour Holocaust victims and pay tribute to Survivors: their journey to freedom / return to life.

Click here to order a Holocaust and Human Rights Education and Remembrance Card

  • kristallnacht

    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.

Educator Resources

Holocaust Education Memorial Library

The Holocaust Education Memorial Library has a treasure-trove of books including many different biographies and photo books about Anne Frank, storybooks such as: The Journey That Saved Curious George – the True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, The Grand Mosque of Paris – A Story of how Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust, Eve Bunting’s Terrible Things, and resource books about the Holocaust including books by Martin Gilbert, and Father Patrick Desbois. Note* this library is not currently staffed due to the JCC being closed as a result of COVID-19. Contact us for information, or if you are interested in borrowing or donating a book.