Reading and Remembrance: Anti-Racism and Holocaust Education
The Holocaust Education Week Committee of the GTA hosts one of the largest and most diverse educational programs in North America. There are many free GTA events that are suitable for youth and children. As well as these events, there are free resources available to educators (see Choose Your Voice listed elsewhere on the website).
FAST . Choose Your Voice: Anti semitism in Canada
- Holocaust survivor Edith Gelbard and author Kathy Kacer whose latest book Hiding Edith: A True Story describes the wartime experiences of Edith Schwalb Gelbard, a young Jewish girl sent to live in the French town of Moissac after the invasion of France by Germany.
- Edith's story is remarkable not only for her own bravery, but also for the bravery of those who helped her-an entire town which heroically conspired to conceal the presence of hundreds of Jewish children living in the "safe" house. Kathy Kacer is the award-winning author of The Secret of Gabi's Dresser, Clara's War and The Night Spies.
- Jury Comments on the Finalists for the 2006 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction
Hiding Edith: A True Story by Kathy Kacer
"A wonderful, poignant story that has never been told before . Children will be captivated by this book . The writing is fantastic and reads like fiction . An extraordinarily uplifting true story."
- Hiding Edith, along with the others in the "Holocaust Remembrance" series published by Second Story Press, should be part of every elementary school library collection. They should be taught not just as lessons in history but also as lessons that relate to events taking place right now around the globe. In a world where genocide still occurs, children should be aware that they can make a difference in a variety of ways, perhaps different than in World War II, but that the lesson of the Holocaust - Never Again - is dependent on them. Harriet Zaidman, teacher-librarian, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Hiding Edith poster
Thanks to our 2006 sponsors: Durham West Arts Centre, The Legion, UJA Federation, Ontario Power Generation and Veterans Affairs