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2019 Arie van Mansum Award for excellence in Holocaust Education

The annual Arie van Mansum Award is awarded each year to a teacher who has done exemplary work in Holocaust education. The award was initiated as a tribute to Mr. Arie van Mansum, a Righteous Gentile from the Nederland’s who lived in Ottawa.

Margaret Harris, Arie van Mansum’s daughter, presented this year’s award to Professor Jan Grabowski, a history professor at Ottawa University.

Video courtesy of Henry Lewkowicz

2018 Arie van Mansum Award for excellence in Holocaust Education

The annual Arie van Mansum Award is awarded each year to a teacher who has done exemplary work in Holocaust education. The award was initiated as a tribute to Mr. Arie van Mansum, a Righteous Gentile from the Nederland’s who lived in Ottawa.

Ria Euverman, Arie van Mansum’s daughter, presented this year’s award to Tricia Leduc, a teacher-librarian for Grades 9- 12 at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in Ottawa.


HEM Launch Event in Memory of Kristallnacht, Nov. 7, 2018

HEM Launch Event, marking 80 years since Kristallnacht. Keynote address: Kristallnacht: The End of the Beginning and the Beginning of the End by Dr. Michael Berenbaum, one of the founders of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. Concluding remarks by Professor Irwin Cotler, Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.


Niv Askenazi and the Violin of Hope

Virtuoso violinist Niv Ashkenazi in a special performance on a Violin of Hope, one of about 50 such instruments miraculously salvaged from the Holocaust and restored by Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein.

Program includes: John Williams: Theme from “Schindler’s List”. J.S. Bach: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor – Adagio. Ernest Bloch: Nigun from “Ba’al Shem Suite (Three Pictures of Chassidic Life)”. George Perlman: Dance of the Rebbetzin from “Suite hébraïque, No. 2”.


In Conversation with Jeanne Beker, June 11, 2018

June 11th: In Conversation with Jeanne Beker was an entertaining and educational event. The evening paid tribute to Beker’s parents, leaving the audience impressed, moved, and inspired by Jeanne. Each participant at the event received a copy of Joy Runs Dipper personally autographed by Jeanne Beker.


Forum for Descendants of Survivors, November 14, 2017

A message from Artur Wilczynski, Canada’s Ambassador to Norway and Canada’s chief representative to IHRA (the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance). Prior to his posting he served as Director General of Security and Intelligence at Global Affairs Canada. He previously served as a senior official in a number of federal departments including Public Safety Canada and Canadian Heritage.


2017 Arie van Mansum Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education

The annual Arie van Mansum Award is awarded each year to a teacher who has done exemplary work in Holocaust education. The award was initiated as a tribute to Mr. Arie van Mansum, a Righteous Gentile from the Nederland’s who lived in Ottawa.

Marg Harris and Ria Euverman, Arie van Mansum’s daughters, presented this year’s award to Mr. Larry Henry. Mr Larry, the 2017 recipient of the award, is a grade 12 teacher at Thousand Islands Secondary School at UCSB.


HEM Launch Event in Memory of Kristallnacht, November 9, 2017

Keynote address: ‘From Destruction to Rebirth: The Return of Life in the Jewish DP Camps.’ By Dr. Avinoam Patt, Philip D Feltman Professor of Modern Jewish History and Associate Director at the Maurice Greenberg Centre for Judaic Studies, at the University of Hartford, Connecticut and Director of the Museum of Jewish Civilization.


From Vision to Reality

To honour the inauguration of the National Holocaust Monument, the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) in cooperation with the National Holocaust Monument Council presented From Vision to Reality, at Library and Archives Canada on September 27th, 2017. The event, which was sold out, was a powerful, moving and inspiring evening.

To offer all those who were not able to attend an opportunity to hear Rabbi Friedman, the Chair of the National Holocaust Monument Council, and Dr. Krell, Psychiatrist and Founding President, Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, we recorded the evening.

You can view the video below, or click here for more information.