2023 Community Calendar

7 - 9 pm

A Night of Human Rights Insight with David Matas

Human rights expert and distinguished lawyer, David Matas will deliver a powerful evening sharing how the Nuremberg Trials are ever more relevant in light of the unprecedented crimes perpetrated against Israel.
The event features the screening of "Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz," a compelling film that recounts the life of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor, who passed away at the remarkable age of 103.
The film will be followed by a Q & A period with David Matas, senior honorary counsel to B'nai Brith Canada.
Hosted by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Shoah Committee, this evening promises to be an enlightening celebration of human rights, justice, and a solemn remembrance of the Holocaust. Free event.


Watch the recording by clicking the image above.

7 - 9 pm

Ilse Koch on Trial: Gender, Violence and Making the ‘Bitch of Buchenwald’

Zoom webinar with Professor Tomaz Jardin on the story of Ilsa Koch. Ilse Koch was singularly notorious, having been accused of owning lampshades fabricated from skins of murdered camp inmates and engaging in “bestial” sexual behavior. These allegations fueled a public fascination that turned Koch into a household name and the foremost symbol of Nazi savagery. Ilse Koch on Trial reveals how gendered perceptions of violence and culpability drove Koch’s zealous prosecution at a time when male Nazi perpetrators responsible for greater crimes often escaped punishment or received lighter sentences. Both in the international press and during her three criminal trials, Koch was condemned for her violation of accepted gender norms and “good womanly behavior.” Koch’s “sexual barbarism,” though treated as an emblem of the Third Reich’s depravity, ultimately obscured the bureaucratized terror of the Nazi state and hampered understanding of the Holocaust.
Contact Deidre Butler at jewish.studies@carleton.ca
Carleton University Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies


Live Virtual Tours, 2023 Edition
In recognition of Holocaust Education Month, the German Embassy in Ottawa is offering live virtual tours
Jewish Hamburg 
Jewish Heritage of Hamburg: A Live Virtual Tour with Sarah Janning-Picker - visit
Nov. 7, 8, 12, 14
Jewish Frankfurt 
Live Virtual Tour of Jewish Frankfurt with Jo Ator - visit
Nov . 16, 22, 23, 29
Jewish Berlin 
Live virtual tours of Jewish Berlin with the German Embassy in Ottawa - visit
Nov. 10, 17, 21


Witnessess to History, Keepers of Memory: Portraits of Montreal’s Holocaust Survivors 
To celebrate the exceptional contribution of these witnesses to history and keepers of memory, a photography project was launched in 2019. The Museum’s Commemoration and Oral History Coordinator, Eszter Andor, and Photographer Stéphanie Cousineau were given the mission to meet with thirty survivors in the privacy of their own homes.
Host: Montreal Holocaust Museum


Ports of Exile, Home Harbours: Elbeuf, Marseille, Montreal 
Jewish Fates During the Second World War
Host: Montreal Holocaust Museum

New Lives
After the Holocaust, Canada became home to over 35,000 Jewish refugees. What challenges did survivors face when they arrived? Where in Canada did they settle, and who helped them find a new home, work and education? Learn about this unique history through a collection of video testimonies recorded by archives and Holocaust education organizations throughout the country. Through personal accounts, itineraries, and photographs, explore key dates of immigration, before, during and after the Second World War.
Host: Montreal Holocaust Museum

Ottawa Holocaust Survivors Testimonials
Recorded testimonials of Ottawa Holocaust Survivors
Host: Centre for Holocaust Education (CHES)

Access: https://chesatottawa.ca/ottawa-holocaust-survivors-testimonials-full-length/

Topography of Violence: Antisemitic Violence in Germany 1930-1938
Jews, Jewish institutions, and Jewish-owned firms and stores in the German Reich were subjected to increasing violence long before 9 November 1938. The visualization on this website presents information about the dates and locations of many different acts of violence that took place between 1930 and 1938.
Host: Judisches Museum Berlin