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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

2018 IHRD Program

Join us on January 28 for our annual lecture in honour of IHRD. Dr. Gideon Greif, Professor of Jewish and Israeli History at the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss his internationally acclaimed book We Wept Without Tears: Testimonies of the Jewish Sonderkommando from Auschwitz (2005). The publication was the result of Dr. Greif's groundbreaking research on the complex role of the Sonderkommando, Nazi death camp prisoners, usually Jewish, who were forced to work in the gas chambers. The book inspired Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes to create the 2016 Academy Awarding winning film Son of Saul (2015).

After the lecture he will be joined by Professor Robert Jan van Pelt, an internationally recognized authority on the history of Auschwitz, to contextualise the role of the Sonderkommando, how Auschwitz functioned, and its role in understanding the Holocaust.

Light reception following the presentation. Both authors will be available for book signing.

Sunday, 28 January | 4:00 PM 
Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre | Level 1B
100 Queen’s Park | Toronto
416–586–5797 | programs@rom.on.ca

Free | Advance registration required | REGISTER HERE 

This program is generously sponsored by The Bem/Yakubowicz Memorial Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto.
Reception is generously sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel in Toronto.


Thank you to all who joined us on January 29 for the 2017 IHRD Lecture and Toronto Book Launch of The Evidence Room

Featuring the project's architects and producers Robert Jan van Pelt, Anne BordeleauDonald McKay and Sascha Hastings.

Evidence Room larger

Thank you to our partners New Jewish Press and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto and to our generous sponsors the Esther Bem Memorial Fund.

Watch the lecture here:


Thank you to all who joined us on January 27, 2016 for a lecture entitled, "The Future of Holocaust History," from Michael R. Marrus, Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies, University of Toronto

Watch the lecture here:

Thank you to our partners at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto and program sponsors, the Esther Bem Memorial Fund.


About International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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.

*Designated by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/7 on 1 November 2005.


Previous January 27 Programming

The Neuberger first commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2010 with a lecture from Professor Leonid Livak about the Jewish Persona in the European Imagination.

On January 27, 2011, the Neuberger presented the second-annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day lecture with Dr. Frank Bialystok. Read about the program in the Canadian Jewish News here. In 2012, the program featured Professors Robert Jan van Pelt and Michiel Horn on At the Edge of the Abyss: David Koker's Concentration Camp Diary. In 2013, our fourth-annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day lecture featured Professor Doris Bergen, Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor in Holocaust Studies, U of T. 2014's program featured a lecture exploring looted art during the Holocaust and the recent case of the Munich Art Trove. 

Presented together with the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto and generously sponsored by the Esther Bem Memorial Fund.

2015 was a special year, marking the 70th anniversary of liberation. International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on January 27 as the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. To mark this important year, we offered several opportunities for the public to learn and reflect. Thank you to all of the program participants, partners and attendees.

The sixth-annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture, generously sponsored by the Esther Bem Memorial Fund, took place on Sunday, January 25 at the Royal Ontario Museum. On Tuesday, January 27, together with the March of the Living Toronto, we hosted a special daytime opportunity to hear voices of liberation, 70 years later. On Wednesday, January 28, the Neuberger o co-presented a panel on the Lodz Ghetto photographs of Henryk Ross, the subject of a unique Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition opening on January 31.