Calgary city-wide International Holocaust Remembrance Day Program: January 27

(Calgary) – Join the Calgary Jewish community and the City of Calgary on Monday January 27, 2020 in honouring the memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, Survivors, and their families and loved ones. This International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Calgary Jewish Federation will be hosting a two-part commemoration at Calgary City Hall and Calgary JCC.  Both events are free of charge and open to all. Contact with inquiries.

This is the first ever commemoration of a Calgary-wide International Holocaust Remembrance Day since Calgary City Council unanimously passed an historic motion on November 18, 2019 to “formally recognize, commemorate and proclaim January 27 as the annual city-wide International Holocaust Remembrance Day.” (Read about it here).

Calgary City Hall Commemoration 

12:00 – 1:00pm | Calgary City Hall
Come together with  government officials, community, and Calgarians from all walks of life to commemorate the first-ever Calgary City-Wide International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Round-trip busing from Calgary JCC to City Hall will be provided. Email Amy Glassman Boiko or call 403-444-3153 to reserve a seat on the bus or with inquiries.

75 years after the Holocaust: legacies and commemoration

Featuring University of Calgary Adjunct Professor, Political Scientist and Historian, Dr. Melanie Carina Schmoll

7:00pm – 9:00pm | Calgary JCC

About the Lecture

Join Dr. Melanie Carina Schmoll as she navigates the challenges of commemoration in a world of decreasing Survivors and witnesses, and the power of the lessons and stories of the Holocaust in fighting anti-Semitism, human rights violations, and inequality.


About Dr. Melanie Carina Schmoll 

Dr. Melanie Carina Schmoll

Melanie Carina Schmoll, PhD, is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. She is a Political Scientist and Historian. Dr. Schmoll received her doctorate from the University of Hamburg, Germany. She holds a Master´s degree as well as a Bachelor´s degree in the fields of Political Science, History and Philosophy from the University of Hamburg resp. the University of Kiel. Her main research focuses on Israel, specifically security issues and Holocaust education.

Dr. Schmoll’s dissertation and her book: “The Cooperation between Israel and Jordan – a security regime to solve a security conflict?” (in German), deals with the peace treaty between Israel and Jordan and the missed opportunities for a peaceful Middle East. During the course of her career she has taught and lectured in Germany, Israel, Canada, the US and the UK, on issues relating to anti – Semitism, Jews in Europe and Germany, the Holocaust and security issues in the Middle East. She recently finished a comparative study on Holocaust education in Canada and Germany. Currently she works on different research projects e.g. about Holocaust Education in Germany and Israel (in cooperation with Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel) or academic teaching about the Holocaust (in cooperation with Haifa University and University of Miami).

Her new book project deals with the growing anti-Semitism in Germany and is called: “History repeats itself?  Watching another German democracy dying /Wiederholt sich Geschichte? Eine weitere deutsche Demokratie stirb” (working title). Her forthcoming publication “Holocaust Education Curriculum – An interdisciplinary teachers guide for all age groups” will be published in German, later this year. In May 2020 she will support the Liberation75 – event in Toronto as the academic advisor. It is the global gathering to mark the end of the Holocaust.

For more information or to reserve a seat on the bus to the Calgary City Hall event contact  Amy Glassman Boiko or call 403-444-3153.

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