International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27, 2024. This day serves as a reminder to reflect on the atrocities of the Holocaust, and recommit to preventing such horrors in the future.
January 27 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly designated this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD), an annual day of commemoration to honour the victims of the Nazi era. International Holocaust Remembrance Day serves as a reminder of the millions murdered during the Holocaust and is a time to reflect on the lessons of the past. The day also serves as a call-to-action for younger generations to equip themselves with the knowledge and resources to combat antisemitism and hatred in all its forms, creating a better future for all.
With our partners, we invite you to commemorate the resilience of survivors through these special events.
Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company: On January 27 at 8pm, the Harold Green and Committee for Yiddish will present The Shoah Songbook. The concert explores music that was written by Jewish composers between 1940 and 1945 who perished in the concentration camps and ghettos of the Holocaust. The concert will feature some of the highlights of the first three virtual instalments which focused on Czechoslovakia, Lithuania and Poland as well as newly discovered works.
Toronto Holocaust Museum: Join the Toronto Holocaust Museum for Family Sunday on January 28 for an exclusive afternoon of programming in honour of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD). Marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, members of Toronto’s international community and multicultural city are invited to the Museum to explore how the lives of two young siblings, George and Hana Brady, were affected by the Holocaust.
Lara Brady, George’s daughter and keeper of her family’s story, will guide participants through an exploration of the family’s wartime fate, popularized through the award-winning novel Hana’s Suitcase and featured in the Museum’s galleries. Engage with the ongoing legacy of this remarkable family story through augmented reality, readings, artmaking, and a hands-on replica artifact activity in an age-appropriate manner. This program is designed for ages 10+
Toronto Jewish Film Festival: Explore the curated playlist “WWII and the Holocaust” on J-Flix, TJFF’s dedicated archive of past Festival films. This collection features over 25 powerful films and documentaries that shed light on the historical context, personal stories, and lessons learned from this tragic period. Join us in fostering awareness and remembrance as we strive to ensure that the world never forgets the lessons of the past.