Remembering the Holocaust

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  • October 23, 2008
{mosimage}TORONTO - Every year during the world’s largest Holocaust education event the links between Christians and Jews — both now and during the Second World War — are visible.

Of the 160 events that make up Toronto’s Holocaust Education Week starting Nov. 2, a dozen will be held in Catholic schools. Most of the presentations at Catholic schools involve Holocaust survivors telling their stories.
On the dark side of that history, journalist Sharon Singer will explore the roots of anti-Semitism in early Christianity Nov. 4 at Forest Hill United Church, 7:30 p.m. Singer will trace the ancient calumny of deicide through 2,000 years of Christian-Jewish relations.

On Nov. 5 at Kingsway-Lambton United Church Holocaust survivor Ada Wynston will present the Vision TV film Hidden Heroes and speak about her own experiences during the Holocaust. Hidden Heroes tells the story of how Dutch Reform Christians saved Jewish children.

The fallout from the Holocaust included Jewish orphans who did not learn their origins until they were adults. Barbara Kessel, author of Suddenly Jewish: Jews Raised as Gentiles Discover their Jewish Roots, will talk about what she learned from more than 160 interviews with people who discovered their Jewish roots as adults. They include a woman who was told on the eve of her Catholic wedding and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

The full program can be downloaded at www.holocausteducationweek.com.

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