Why Teach the Holocaust?

The Holocaust calls into question our most basic assumptions about human nature, modern society, social responsibility, and global citizenship. The study of the Holocaust assists students in developing an understanding of the ramifications of prejudice, racism and stereotyping in any society. It helps students develop an awareness of the value of pluralism, and encourages tolerance of diversity in a multicultural society.

– “Teaching About the Holocaust: A Resource for Educators”
(United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)


Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau comprised mainly of survivors and Children of survivors who visit educational institution by invitation to speak about their personal Holocaust survival stories. One of the goals of CHES is to ensure the continuity of Holocaust education through the active involvement of Holocaust survivors and their descendants.

We are looking forward to continue to work closely with the Ottawa school boards in the years ahead.

Teachers who are interested in inviting a survivor to speak to their students are welcome to contact us by filling out this form.

Teachers’ Workshops

School Outreach and teacher’s workshops provide educational and enrichments opportunities for teachers and producing pedagogical materials using Ottawa boards’ of education high school guidelines with excellent outcomes.

Details and resources from our past workshops:

Arie van Mansum Award

The Arie van Mansum Award is awarded each year to a teacher who has done exemplary work in Holocaust education. The award is a tribute to Mr. Arie van Mansum, a Dutch-born man who emigrated to Canada after the Second World War and who was recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations for saving Jews during the war.

The award was conceived and initiated by the Shoah Committee of the Ottawa Jewish Federation and is now managed by CHES. The award is presented to a deserving teacher based on meeting criteria the committee has set and is presented by a member of the Arie van Mansum family at our Holocaust Education Month launch event.

Former recipient of the Arie van Mansum Award:

  • Paul Gowans – South Carleton District High School (2006)
  • Patrick Mascoe – Charles Hulse Public School (2007)
  • Elaine Bryans Cairine Wilson Secondary School (2008)
  • Julie Verret – Carine Wilson Secondary School (2008)
  • Jaden Lairson – Woodroffe Highschool (April 20, 2009)
  • Ryan McKenna, Arnprior District High School (2010)
  • Wendy Alexis, St. Luke Catholic Elementary School (2010)
  • Shelley Lynch, Carambeck Public School (2011)
  • Gregory H. Simpson, Former Artistic Director of Theatre Ashbury and Dramatic Arts Head (Ret.) (2011)
  • Nathalie Sirois, Director of Education Genocide (2012)
  • Pascale Clavette, École secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde (2016)
  • Larry Henry, Thousand Islands Secondary School at UCSB (2017)
  • Tricia Leduc, Teacher-Librarian, Sir Wildred Laurier Secondary School in Ottawa (2018)
  • Professor Jan Grabowski, Professor of History of the Holocaust, Ottawa University (2019)

Nominating a Teacher
To nominate a teacher, please fill out this form.

For teachers that have already been nominated, please fill out this form.