Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

May 08, 2008 08:00 ET

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Unveils Hellin Learning Centre

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies (FSWC) today unveiled the Hellin Learning Centre, an online resource created to help sensitize educators, police officers, students, journalists, and a variety of diverse groups on issues relating to antisemitism, racism, terrorism, the Holocaust and other genocides.

Named in honour of Sheldon and Mary Hellin for their commitment to develop this online resource today and in the coming years, the Hellin Learning Centre is an extension of FSWC's tolerance education programming. It will provide additional resource materials to those who participate in programmes offered by FSWC, and will ensure the community at large has access to the most up-to-date information on these important issues.

The Hellin Learning Centre currently includes research and background information on the following regularly updated topics:

- The Holocaust

- Holocaust Denial

- Simon Wiesenthal

- War Criminals in Canada

- Nazi War Criminals (legal cases)

- Holocaust Education Exhibit

- Workshops for Students

- Museum of Tolerance Online Multimedia Learning Centre

- Antisemitism Curriculum

FSWC anticipates an additional twelve subjects to be added over the next two years as materials are developed by the organization.

"By establishing this online resource, we have a tremendous opportunity to extend our reach from coast to coast. Participants in our programmes can continue their learning online, while connected communities across Canada will gain easy access to a wealth of information on topics that are foremost in the minds of Canadians today," said Avi Benlolo, President and CEO of FSWC. "We extend our sincere gratitude to Sheldon and Mary Hellin for their generous commitment toward the development of this new online Learning Centre."

About Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is a Canadian human rights organization dedicated to fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. It has 25,000 members across Canada, and confronts important contemporary issues including racism, antisemitism, terrorism and genocide. The Center is affiliated with the world-wide, Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, an accredited Non-Government Organization with status at international agencies, including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE and the Council of Europe. With over 400,000 members of all faiths around the world, the Simon Wiesenthal Center has offices in New York, Miami, Paris, Jerusalem, Buenos Aires and Toronto. Simon Wiesenthal died in 2005 after devoting his life to preserving the memories of the victims of the Holocaust, while simultaneously seeking justice for the war criminals. Visit: www.fswc.ca.

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