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ANNOUNCEMENT FOR TEACHERS: INTRODUCING LIBERATION75'S EDUCATOR TOOLKIT!
May 14, 2020
We acknowledge and appreciate the efforts you have been making to teach your students in innovative ways! We cannot imagine the creative stamina required to educate our youth online.
Sadly, we can no longer see you and your students in person for Liberation75. However, we still wanted you to be able to offer your students best-in-class Holocaust and genocide-related education through our educational partners – so we have compiled free online teaching resources for you to use. Each resource has been carefully curated by experts in Holocaust/genocide studies and labelled by age. Some resources are available in French. You will find these resources on the Liberation75 Educator Toolkit on our website at www.liberation75.org/educator-toolkit.
Most content is for middle- and high-school students, but we also feature content for primary-school children. Featured lessons range from one-time stand-alone lessons to full units/courses with built-in assignments and activities. Resources also vary in their academic and creative approaches.
We will continue to add resources to this Toolkit, which currently features more than 15 fantastic options from the USC Shoah Foundation, Facing History and Ourselves, Anne Frank House, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Fighting Antisemitism Together (FAST), Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Montreal Holocaust Museum, Historica Canada, Echoes & Reflections, Second Story Press, and The Memory Project. A main contact for questions, assistance, or feedback is included in each resource description.
Now, more than ever, the lessons of the Holocaust remain paramount. The 75th anniversary of Liberation reminds us of the need to fight hate, racism and antisemitism – and to create a caring society. We hope these resources will help you achieve your goals, and make your life a little easier.
We wish you luck and strength as you continue to adapt and persevere.
PARTNER PROGRAM WITH USC SHOAH FOUNDATION FOR YOM HASHOAH
May 5, 2020
We invite you to attend a fantastic program produced by our Partner, the USC Shoah Foundation, to honor our Liberators on this important 75th anniversary. This award-winning film and program was scheduled for Liberation75 so we are happy to be able to present it virtually this Thursday, May 7th at 3:00 PM PST/6:00 PM EST.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear directly from a Liberator of Gunskirchen Concentration Camp, a sub-camp of Mauthausen, about his experiences and how liberation of the Camps impacted his life.
The event will begin with a film at 3:00 PM PST/6:00 PM EST (running time 42 minutes). After the film (at approx. 3:45 PM PST/6:45 PM EST), USC Shoah Foundation Finci-Viterbi Executive Director Stephen Smith will welcome WWII liberator Alan Moskin for a conversation via Zoom.
The program is dedicated to all who served, witnessed and shared their firsthand accounts of the Holocaust.
We hope you enjoy this important once-in-a-lifetime event.
On May 7, 1945 German armed forces surrendered unconditionally to the Western Allies and in the East on May 9, 1945. Allied forces proclaimed May 8, 1945, to be Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day). Soviet forces proclaimed May 9, 1945, as the day the war ended.
Produced as part of USC Shoah Foundation's Stronger Than Hate initiative – Liberation Heroes explores the journeys of Liberators and Liberation Witnesses, drawing parallels between the past and present. These one-of-a-kind stories of World War II heroes serve as a compelling reminder of what is at stake as antisemitism and xenophobia continue to rise, and as a call to action to stand against hatred in all its forms.
As we pay tribute to the Allied heroes of WWII on this 75th Anniversary milestone, let us heed their call to action!
I WILL TELL YOUR STORY SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN
April 20, 2020
Despite our decision to postpone the physical Liberation75 event due to health concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, we plan to continue our #IWillTellYourStory social media campaign. With Yom Hashoah approaching next week - we need your help!
There are fewer than 100,000 Jews still alive today who were in camps, ghettos and living secretly under Nazi occupation, according to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. These aging survivors are the last generation of witnesses to the Holocaust. Who will tell their stories when these survivors are no longer able to? WE will tell their stories.
#IWillTellYourStory is a social media campaign designed to inspire and engage people of all ages, backgrounds and religions to publish a spoken or written promise to continue telling the story of a specific Holocaust Survivor. This is done through posting a short video and/or a photograph and caption.
Please click here to watch a video about the #IWillTellYourStory campaign, and scroll through recent #IWillTellYourStory posts on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Six million pledges/posts to honour the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust
The Survivor you choose can be a family member, someone you have connected with in your community, or somebody you have never even met. You may choose somebody living today, or somebody who is no longer with us. If you do not know a Survivor, please contact us, and we will match you with one.
Pledges may be made alone or in groups. If possible, your Survivor may accompany you in your photo/video!
Publish your pledge on your own social media pages, or e-mail with your photo/video and caption for us to post!
Please hashtag #IWillTellYourStory #Liberation75
...and tag us!
We will be sharing these stories with our Liberation75 registrants and guests at the conference in 2021.
This is a crucial time in history.
Holocaust survivors are aging. Funding for Holocaust educational initiatives is declining. At the same time, incidents of antisemitism are on the rise. It has never been more important to find new and innovative ways of reaching and inspiring people, both within and outside of the Jewish community, to pledge our support to Holocaust remembrance and to carry forward the stories of survivors.
#IWillTellYourStory is a call-to-action for the entire Jewish community and beyond. Join the movement!
If you have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, and stay safe!
NOTICE OF POSTPONEMENT DUE TO COVID-19
March 31, 2020
It is with tremendous disappointment that we announce the postponement of Liberation75, which was to be held in Toronto from May 31st-June 2nd.
The safety of our attendees - especially Holocaust Survivors - is our greatest concern. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe it is only prudent to reschedule.
Liberation75 was created as a global gathering to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation from the Holocaust. Our mission has been to remember victims, honour Survivors, showcase the future of Holocaust education, discuss and take action against antisemitism, and commit to protecting freedom, diversity, human rights and inclusion.
Over the past two years, more than 300 Survivors, educators, speakers, exhibitors, artists, donors, committee members, volunteers, Dine-Around hosts, and participating organizations have worked tirelessly on this passion project.
We will announce updates for this once-in-a-lifetime event as soon as possible. We are committed to bringing the world together to mark this important point in time, and will inform you of new dates and venue(s) as they are determined.
Registration fee refunds
Full refunds will be provided. Please allow two weeks for receipt of funds. If you would like to donate your registration fee to help us offset our costs, please let us know and we will gratefully issue you a charitable tax receipt (Canada only).
If you have booked a hotel room, please cancel it as soon as possible. Our hotel partners have graciously agreed to waive penalties.
We hope to have you join us for our new event dates! We will contact you to discuss next steps once our dates are confirmed.
Thank you to everyone who reached out with kind words. We are most grateful for your ongoing support of Liberation75.
Stay healthy and safe.
Host a Dine-Around!
We are inviting organizations, institutions, and individuals in the Greater Toronto Area to host international attendees on the evening of Monday, June 1st, 2020.
Hosting a Community Dine-Around is a valuable way to showcase your organization's mission and work, and tout the outstanding diversity and hospitality of our communities (Jewish and otherwise)!
Your Dine-Around may be hosted at any safe and legal location in the Greater Toronto Area, so long as it can contain a minimum of 40 guests.
What is expected of a Dine-Around host?
As host, you will be responsible for providing dinner and programming related to the Holocaust, liberation and/or human rights for the number of guests that you specify (minimum of 40), at your own cost. The guests' transportation to and from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre will be provided by LIBERATION75.
We welcome involvement from diverse organizations. To get involved, please complete the Community Dine-Around form (also available as PDF).
You may also view our website for more information!
Involve your organization!
What do participating organizations do, and what kind of commitment is expected?
The roles and involvement of Participating Organizations vary! Some of our participating organizations are undertaking large roles in Liberation75's planning, marketing, programming, and more; some are organizing specific events and/or exhibits; some are fundraisers or sponsors; some are acting on our committees; and some are simply helping to spread the word about us to their contacts. However you participate, your organization will enjoy your logo being displayed on our website & promotional materials, and becoming a team member of this historical event!
WELCOME: MIAMI AD SCHOOL TORONTO
Miami Ad School Toronto is generously creating a marketing campaign for Liberation75! Thank you to the staff and students (comprised of 30 art directors, designers, and copywriters) for their advertising expertise, and for dedicating their time, words, art, and ideas to this movement. Thank you to Holocaust survivor, Pinchas Gutter, and Michelle Fishman of the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre for briefing, educating, and guiding the students towards impactful, strategic, appropriate, and accurate messaging. We look forward to witnessing the magic created by such a talented and passionate group!