The Neuberger and the Virtual J are  excited to partner to once again bring Holocaust Education Week 2021 to the comfort and safety of your home!  Access all HEW 2021 programs by registering at virtualjcc.com/channel/holocaust-education-week-2021.



If you do not have an account with the Virtual J, register for free access to HEW 2021 programs on the Virtual J's online platform here. Be sure to select "Holocaust Education Week" on the dropdown menu when registering. You will then have access to all HEW programs at  virtualjcc.com/channel/holocaust-education-week-2021.

Opening Night

Opening Night: Holocaust Distortion, Myths & Misinformation

Monday, 1 November 2021 // 7:30 PM


Holocaust Education Centres and Museums were established to protect Holocaust memory and facts from denial and distortion, and with the help of survivors were able to secure the Shoah’s memory from bad faith attacks. However, today these institutions find themselves at a turning point – the once stable moral and intellectual ground that Holocaust Education was built upon is shifting after being profoundly shaken by social media, contemporary hate, and the acceleration of the post-truth milieu.

Join the Neuberger for Holocaust Education Week 2021, where we will consider what it means to commemorate the Holocaust in an environment of emboldened antisemitism, bigotry, conspiracism, paranoia, and extremism. How can Holocaust educators and scholars maintain consensuses on truth, particularly at a time when we are losing the last of the survivors? Our diverse range of programs for HEW 2021 will address this vital question.

Opening Night features Dr. Robert Williams who will contextualize the current state of Holocaust distortion and misinformation, setting the stage for a keynote conversation between Andrew Marantz and Erin Sylvester. They will discuss how social media and online environments have played a role in creating our current situation, and what can be done about it.

If you don't have an account already, be sure to register for the Holocaust Education Week Channel on the Virtual Jin order to view the program on November 1 at 7:30 PM. 


Andrew Marantz is a journalist who writes about technology, social media, and the alt-right for The New Yorker. He is the author of Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation. His work has also appeared in Harper’s, New York Magazine, Mother Jones, and the New York Times

Erin Sylvester is the Acting Managing Editor and former Head of Research for The Walrus. Her work has been published in The Walrus, The Ryerson Review of Journalism, Torontoist, and the Calgary Herald.

Dr. Robert Williams is Deputy Director for International Affairs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, on the steering committee of the Global Task Force on Holocaust Distortion, and served for four years as chair of the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

Kristallnacht Program

Curating the New Museum: Envisioning the Future of Holocaust Education in Toronto  

Monday, 8 November 2021 // 7:30 PM


Join us for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the curation of the future Toronto Holocaust Museum, opening in 2023 on the Sherman Campus. Learn about this exciting project from the experts working on its development, get a glimpse into the museum’s representation of Kristallnacht and catch a special teaser film exploring one of the core elements of the new exhibit space: survivor testimony – both newly captured and preserved archival footage tailored for a cutting-edge, interactive, large-format presentation designed to engage the students of the future. The program will include a commemoration in honour of the 83rd anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom.


This program is generously sponsored by the Glicksman, Glick, Altschuler, Glassberg and Herschorn families, honouring the memories of Holocaust survivors Morris & Rose Glick and Max & Gutta Glicksman.

If you don't have an account already, be sure to register for the Holocaust Education Week Channel on the Virtual J in order to view the program on November 8 at 7:30 PM. 


Tony Reich
Senior Principal at Reich & Petch International.

Amy Maddox 
Principal / Creative Director at Cortina Productions.

Emilio Genovese 
Senior Exhibition Designer at Reich & Petch International.

Dara Solomon
Executive Director of the Sarah & Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education. 

HEW 2021 Films


The Neuberger is excited to once again host select films in honour of Holocaust Education Week. These specially curated programs will feature guest speakers and exclusive talkbacks. 




Amnesia (2015, 54min) // NOV 7 - 14 
Talkback //  Holocaust Memory and Law in Poland // NOV 7 @ 7:30 PM 


We Were Children (2012, 1h 28min) // NOV 1 - 30
Talkback // Canadian Residential School Denialism // NOV 17 @ 7:30 PM

NOV 2 @ 7:30PM

Canadian Society for Yad Vashem, the Government of Ontario and the Neuberger present a special HEW partner program featuring CSYV's Annual Tribute to Holocaust Survivors. Learn more.

NOV 3 @ 6:00 PM

Join us for an in-depth conversation with leading experts about the global rise in Holocaust distortion and denialism, and how it is being confronted. Learn more.

NOV 4 @ 7:30PM

Join the Neuberger, the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program and the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies at Carleton University for the launch of Holocaust survivor, Morris Schnitzer's, z"l, memoir. Learn more.

NOV 7 @ 7:30PM

Hear historian Jan Grabowski discusses the politics and legalities of Holocaust memory in Poland, and his struggle against the legal enshrinement of distortion and denialism in this HEW 2021 exclusive film talkback. Learn more.

NOV 9 @ 7:30PM

Join journalist Mark Jacobson and the Neuberger we discuss the histories and memories of two of the Holocaust’s most infamous myths associated with soap and lampshades. Learn more about the program and how you can register.

NOV 10 @ 7:30PM

The Soap Myth is an original play that wrestles with the conflict between survivor memory and historical proof, as well as with the scourge of antisemitism masquerading as Holocaust denial. After the play reading, join playwright Jeff Cohen for a stimulating discussion. Learn more.

NOV 11 @ 7:30PM

After coauthoring an autobiography of her Holocaust survivor husband, Maya Lee encouraged her mother to document her own story. Maya subsequently conducted wide-ranging research to fill out her mother’s story. The Nazis Knew My Name is the result. Learn more about the book in this HEW 2021 featured program.

NOV 14 @ 10:00AM

Learn more about exclusive opportunities for children of Holocaust survivors during Holocaust Education Week 2021.

NOV 14 @ 7:30PM

Wendy Lower’s latest book, The Ravine: A Family, a Photograph, a Holocaust Massacre Revealed, takes the reader through the discovery process of a single massacre in the small town of Miropol, Ukraine. Learn more about the book at this HEW virtual program.

NOV 15 @ 7:30PM

Historian Dr. Paul Hanebrink and journalist Mike Rothschild explore the history and modern legacies of conspiratorial antisemitism. Learn more & register for this exciting program.

NOV 16 @ 7:30PM

Video games profoundly shape the way we remember the Second World War, and consequently, the Holocaust. Join us for the launch of our video game engagement program as we explore ways of mediating between popular games and Holocaust memory. Learn more.

NOV 17 @ 7:30PM

How does genocide denialism haunt historical discourse in Canada, and how has it been influenced by Holocaust memory? Join the Neuberger for a discussion about the legacies of Residential Schools and genocide at home in this exclusive film talkback. Learn more.

NOV 18 @ 7:30PM

How do memes and online culture spread hate? The Neuberger’s Online Hate Research & Education Project unpacks how antisemitism and other bigotries are disseminated in a post-truth age. Learn more.