Mon­treal Holo­caust Ex­hibit in Syd­ney

The Victoria Standard - - Local News -

A trav­el­ling ex­hibit on loan from the Mon­treal Holo­caust Mu­seum will be dis­played at Vic­to­ria Park, Syd­ney, from Nov. 2-14.

United Against Geno­cide: Un­der­stand, Ques­tion, Pre­vent in­vites vis­i­tors to iden­tify sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences be­tween four geno­cides: the Ar­me­nian geno­cide, the Cam­bo­dian geno­cide, the geno­cide against the Tut­sis in Rwanda and the Holo­caust. It does this us­ing tes­ti­mony and rare ar­chives. Its open­ing marks the be­gin­ning of Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tion Week.

The Mon­treal Holo­caust Mu­seum loaned the ex­hibit to the lo­cal Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tion Week Com­mit­tee at no cost. A part­ner­ship be­tween the Cape Bre­ton-vic­to­ria Re­gional Cen­tre for Ed­u­ca­tion and Nova Sco­tia Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion cov­ered ex­penses as­so­ci­ated with trans­port­ing, host­ing and dis­play­ing it.

"Tragedies like the one in Pitts­burgh this past week­end re­mind us how im­por­tant it is that we work to­gether to elim­i­nate dis­crim­i­na­tion and ha­tred," said Chris­tine Han­son, CEO and di­rec­tor of the Com­mis­sion. "Ed­u­ca­tion is the cor­ner­stone of hu­man rights pro­tec­tion, this unique col­lec­tion il­lus­trates the tragic out­come of dis­crim­i­na­tion left unchecked.

"As global po­lar­i­ties di­vide us, it is as im­por­tant as ever for ev­ery­one to do their part to pro­tect the rights of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual in our so­ci­ety."

Area stu­dents will visit the ex­hibit dur­ing its time in Syd­ney. Vol­un­teer guides will help as in­ter­preters and sup­port stu­dents, teach­ers and mem­bers of the pub­lic as they learn to­gether.

"Teach­ing and learn­ing about the Holo­caust is an im­por­tant part of our ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney," said Beth Macisaac, re­gional ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion at the cen­tre. "The Holo­caust Ex­hi­bi­tion in Syd­ney gives our stu­dents, staff, and com­mu­nity an op­por­tu­nity to visit the past, re­mem­ber those who lost their lives, the sur­vivors of the Holo­caust and the les­sons they have taught us.

The park is at 20 Or­tona Dr. Ad­mis­sion to the ex­hibit is free.

Learn more about the ex­hibit at hu­man­rights.no­vas­co­tia.ca/uag.

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