Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

April 17, 2009 10:12 ET

Media Interview Opportunity: Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center President Offers Reflection and Suggestions on How to Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day This April 21st

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 17, 2009) -

Attn: News/National/Assignment

More than 60 years ago, the world was witness to one of the most horrific crimes against humanity. April 21st is Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day. Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is encouraging Canadians to take a moment on April 21st to light a candle and pause in silence to honour the millions of lives lost.

Avi Benlolo, president and CEO of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center is available to discuss key themes surrounding this event, including:

- Tolerance: what Canadians can do to combat racism and intolerance in their communities

- Antisemitism: the rise of 'new' antisemitic sentiments and beliefs

- History: things we can take from this dark past for hope of a bright future

Mr. Benlolo will also share some of the suggestions the center has developed to help the education community commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day, including:

- Recommended readings (such as: The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal)

- Suggestions on guest speakers (Holocaust survivors)

- Reading testimony from survivors

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. The Center currently has over 25,000 members across Canada, and confronts important contemporary issues including racism, antisemitism, terrorism and genocide. Visit www.fswc.ca for more information.

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