International Holocaust Remembrance Day


In remembrance of the six million Jews that died during the Holocaust and millions of other minority groups exterminated during the Nazi regime, the United Nations (UN) established International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005.

January 27, 1945 marked the liberation of the biggest Nazi lead concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Today, this day offers time to individually reflect, collectively participate in commemorative events, and learn about the past. It is not only our duty to remember the horrific events of the Holocaust but also the many other genocides that followed.

We invite you to watch this short video clip in which Dr. Geoffrey Bird and Ann-Kathrin McLean briefly highlight the importance of this day and demonstrate the need for applied research in this field of study.

In addition, we invite you to take a look at the videos on the War Heritage Research Initiative website, a series of vignettes produced and directed by Dr. Geoffrey Bird of the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. The website contains learning resources on Canada’s heritage related to the First and Second World War. These resources contribute to our understanding of remembrance and commemoration in the 21st century by exploring a range of perspectives on how war impacted the lives of people, communities and the nation.

Of particular interest might be Part 15: Remembering the Holocaust, which highlights an interview with Dr. Rick Kool of the School of Environment and Sustainability at the Jewish Cemetery in Victoria, BC—the resting place for a dozen survivors of the Second World War Nazi concentration camps.