GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 7, 2013) - Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officially launched today the Research Guide to Holocaust-related Holdings at LAC in conjunction with meetings of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in Toronto.
The Guide will help researchers find material relating to a broad range of events and decisions that took place before, during and after World War II. It catalogues the extensive Holocaust resources preserved at Library and Archives Canada, including rare books, personal accounts, government files and interviews.
"These resources are vital to all those who want to learn more about this horrific crime against humanity. They will be especially valuable to educators across Canada working to instill in younger generations a commitment to the principle of 'never again.' " said Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Multiculturalism, on behalf of Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism. "The Government of Canada, under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has been dedicated to Holocaust education and commemoration both nationally and internationally."
Included are documents regarding the post-war claims of Jewish individuals for assets illegally seized by the Nazis during the war.
The Canadian chair of IHRA, Dr. Mario Silva, underlined the contribution the Guide will make to Canada's support for IHRA's mission. "It is important that we commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and ensure that such atrocities never happen again. This is a tangible example of Canada's enduring commitment to ensuring the lessons of the Holocaust are never forgotten."
On March 5, 2013, Canada became the Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, an intergovernmental body devoted to fostering and promoting Holocaust education, remembrance and research around the world. Canada will chair IHRA until March 2014. In conjunction with the Canadian chair year, Canada is supporting a number of new and ongoing initiatives to increase understanding of the Holocaust across the country. This includes four days of meetings, currently taking place in Toronto, bringing together experts, academics and policymakers from around the world who will present the latest in Holocaust research and share best practices in support of Holocaust education and remembrance.
The Research Guide to Holocaust-related Holdings at LAC can be accessed at www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/holocaust
To learn about the Government of Canada's support for Holocaust research, education and remembrance, visit:
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