As part of Holocaust Education Week, Hillel Ontario set up an online declaration of remembrance for students and community members to sign in solidarity with our Holocaust survivors. As of today, over 490 people have penned their name, pledging to never forget.
The idea behind this amazing project was to add an interactive, accessible and action-oriented component to Holocaust Education Week. At events and programs at all of our campuses across the province, participants are encouraged to join this movement, using it as an opportunity to reflect on the week’s experiences at interactive exhibits, survivor testimonies, and multi-faith Shabbat dinners. It was also a way for those who were unable to be on campus to still participate in Holocaust Education Week.
The outcome of this project was overwhelmingly powerful. People from all different backgrounds, and universities signed the letter. Reflections ranged from expressions of gratitude, to very personal messages to survivors, to the appreciation and inspiration derived from hearing their stories. The impact on participants has been powerful.
Hillel Ontario intends to collate all of the responses and reflect them in this letter to survivors that will be published in conjunction with the International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th, 2017. Holocaust survivors will then be able to hear, and read, about how meaningful their stories are, and realize the impact that their history has on the current and future generations of our community.
“The Holocaust has come to be one of the greatest acts of injustice our world will ever know. It is our responsibility as students, Canadians and above all human beings to honour those both surviving and passed and share their stories.”
– Anna Teliatkin.