Holocaust

Anti-Semitic Incidents On The Rise In Canada, Audit Shows

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.09.2017 | Canada

Anti-Semitism is a home grown phenomenon, B'nai Brith says.

We Must Protest Against Injustice Wherever It Appears

Irwin Cotler | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

The White House statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day did not mention Jews or anti-Semitism. As Holocaust historian Professor Deborah Lipstadt put it, "what we saw from the White House was classic softcore denial. The Holocaust was de-Judaized."

Trump-Nazi Comparisons Have Left The Realm Of Cliché

Jason Najum | Posted 01.30.2017 | Canada Politics
Jason Najum

Sure, Nazi references or comparisons to past atrocities are the cheapest of allegories, rendered embarrassing and powerless by exaggeration and overuse. But take a moment, look at what's happening.

My Father Was My Son's Age When The Nazis Came

Patrick Erlich | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Living
Patrick Erlich

When I was a young child I remember watching my dad as his headaches would start. His eyes would begin to glaze over. In those moments, my dad would regress to a terrified six-year-old boy, speaking in whispered tones in his native Yiddish, begging his sister to be quiet as they hid from the Nazis in a Belgian church.

Last Folio: Books Of The Dead Reach Out Across Time

Stephen Weir | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada
Stephen Weir

Moscow. Jerusalem. Vatican City. São Paulo. Canadian photographer Yuri Dojc is is known and admired for his world vision. His photographs of crumblin...

Solidarity Between Minorities Is The Only Way To Beat Racism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

When stigma is attached to a community, there appear fewer persons ready to come to the defence of the targeted group. In part, members of other communities see such support as a partisan issue. Others fear that such defence will result in their being associated with the group that is deemed unpopular.

Elie Wiesel Dead At 87

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.02.2016 | Canada

His death was announced Saturday.

A Jewish Response To Trump Being Called Hitler

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.11.2017 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

Trump's scapegoating of Muslims, Hispanics, blacks and other "others" for political gain is exposing a racist ugliness, and dangerously inflaming it. Who knows how big the fire might get? "Never forget" became a Jewish slogan in hopes our collective memory might prevent another Holocaust, but also because we can't forget. It defines us. So as hard as it is to hear Hitler's name all over the news, let it at least remind us why we must stop Trump and all leaders who traffic in racism and xenophobia before such hate defines anyone else.

Too Often, America's 'Obamabashers' Lack Dignity

Jack Jedwab | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Frequently underlying the purported threat Obama represents to his own country is innuendo about his 'true' identity accompanied by allegations about the hidden Islamist tendencies. Given the absence of any proof to support such ludicrous assertions, 'Obamabashers' conduct whisper campaigns often around dinner tables or other social gatherings.

A Hero That Embodies The Universal Lessons Of The Holocaust

Irwin Cotler | Posted 01.28.2017 | Canada Living
Irwin Cotler

In July 1944, some 430,000 Hungarian Jews had been deported to Auschwitz in the space of 10 weeks -- the fastest, cruelest and most efficient mass murder of the Nazi genocide. Yet Wallenberg rescued some 100,000 Jews in six months in Hungary in 1944, demonstrating that one person with the courage to care, and the commitment to act, can confront evil and transform history.

A Leadership Lesson From The Horrors Of The Holocaust

Ivey Business School | Posted 12.11.2016 | Canada Business
Ivey Business School

Eva Mozes Kor turned to Hallmark in the mid-1990s when looking to thank a former Nazi for going on the record about his job monitoring the gas chambers that murdered her parents and two older sisters. Forgiveness, she argues, delivers internal peace while clearing the mind of hate, making people more content and productive in both their personal and professional lives.

Youth Pay A Sobering Visit To A Different Kind Of Camp

Her Magazine | Posted 12.04.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

All at once the juxtaposed impact of camp crashed down on me like a giant wave. My parents' camp, my camp, my kids' camp, my MOL kids' camp. Now this. The barrack at Birkenau concentration/extermination camp is a stark reminder. A picture in my mind I will not soon forget.

Never Again: A Jewish Take On Anti-Syrian Refugee Sentiment

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

As ethnic refugees flee a new, if smaller, globally ambitious death cult, the anti-Semitic attitudes of the late-30s are back with a new Islamic target.

Canadian Silence On Netanyahu's Comments Distorts Holocaust

Yves Engler | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

By blaming Palestinians for the Nazi Holocaust, Benjamin Netanyahu wildly distorted Jewish suffering for Israel's ends. A lack of widespread comment by Canada's main Jewish organizations speaks to their own use of Nazi crimes to serve Israel and power more generally.

The Architect Of The Holocaust Was Evil And A Thinker

Bettina Stangneth | Posted 10.30.2016 | Canada Living
Bettina Stangneth

We have cultivated an image of the Nazi as anything but a thinking man -- but reading the writings of Adolf Eichmann confronts us with the disturbing fact that National Socialism gets its power from a fundamental and consistent criticism of the ideas of reason and justice. The Holocaust was anything but an unthinkable crime.

Bearing Witness To The Memory Of The Holocaust

Avrum Rosensweig | Posted 10.30.2016 | Canada
Avrum Rosensweig

The powerful aspect of Witness is that it stands on its own as a historical document and is an excellent, well laid out read for students of the Holocaust and those who are new to learning about this very complex time in history.

Oskar Groening's Trial Reveals the Complexity of Morality

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Living
Rabbi Ben Hecht

Recently, a court in Germany found Oskar Groening, nicknamed the Bookkeeper of Auschwitz, guilty of being an accessory to murder. He was convicted for his activities at this notorious concentration and death camp during the Second World War.

Oskar Groening's Sentence Reminds Me Of My Trip to Auschwitz

Allyson Eamer | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada
Allyson Eamer

There was no shortage of tour options available out of Warsaw and Krakow, but we opted to figure out on our own how to get there. There were moments of inevitable tension as we stood on the wrong train platform time and again, beginning before dawn and battling the oppressive July heat. Here is what I've written in my journal.

How to Avoid a Victimization Olympics

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Living
Catherine Chatterley

Scholars, lawyers, and governments will no doubt weigh in on whether or not the residential schools experience in Canada officially constitutes a cultural form of genocide. In the meantime, it is important to create a cultural and intellectual climate in this country that is flexible and sensitive enough to recognize the depth of suffering experienced by traumatized people and their children without ranking it on a destructive hierarchical scale.

The Truth About Auschwitz

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Impact
Catherine Chatterley

The Antisemitism Institute I direct in Canada received several inquiries about the accuracy of an article published under the provocative title Ukrain...

Auschwitz 70 Years Later: Universal Lessons for Our Time

Irwin Cotler | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

I write at an important moment of remembrance and reminder, of bearing witness, and of action. I write also in the immediate aftermath of anti-Semitic terror and killing in France, and in the midst of ongoing mass atrocities by Boko Haram in Nigeria, ethnic cleansing in Darfur and South Sudan, and killing fields in Syria and elsewhere. And so, at this important historical moment, we should ask ourselves: What have we learned in the last 70 years, and more importantly, what must we do?

How This Immigrant Family Helped Mold Canada's Conscience

Bernie Farber | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada
Bernie Farber

The story of the MS St. Louis is at once filled with hope, drama, dashed dreams and in the end tragedy. It is the story set within the backdrop of the...

Comparing the Israeli-Palestine Conflict to the Holocaust Is Too Simplistic

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Rabbi Ben Hecht

In the comments that followed my last posting there was one that equated the treatment of Palestinians by Jews in Israel with the treatment of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust. What troubled me about this specific comment, however, and left me effectively speechless, though, was the comparison to Nazi Germany.

Israel Tries To Brand Itself as a Peaceful, Democratic Oasis. Don't Fall For It

Mark Taliano | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Taliano

The Admissions Committee Law, for example -- which was recently upheld by the Israeli Supreme Court -- legalizes racial segregation. According to this law, 43 per cent of Israeli residential areas are legally entitled to deny entrance to Palestinian Arab citizens of the Israeli state. Most of this land, to which the Palestinians are not welcome, was originally confiscated from Palestinian refugees.

A Question of Evil

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Apropos of no particular reason, I decided to write about evil. Not that it's difficult to find. No deep-throat type of investigation. But, from whenc...