Carleton University’s Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship (CHES) will host the launch event for 2019’s Holocaust Education Month: 80 Years Since the Outbreak of WWII, a Lecture in Commemoration of Kristallnacht. The event will feature world-renowned American Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstatd as she presents the keynote address Anti-Semitism: Old Wine in New Bottles.

When: Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Where: Kehillat Beth Israel Congregation, 1400 Coldrey Avenue, Ottawa
Info: This event is free and open to the public. Attendees must RSVP by contacting

Media are invited to attend the event.

Kristallnacht, known as the Night of Broken Glass, was a wave of violent attacks on Jewish stores, homes and synagogues that took place across Nazi Germany and Austria on Nov. 9 and 10, 1938. The event set off an explosion of human destruction that would become the Holocaust.

As part of the launch, the Arie van Mansum award will be presented. The annual award recognizes an educator for exemplary work in Holocaust education. It honours the late van Mansum, a Dutch-born man who immigrated to Canada after the Second World War and who was recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations for saving Jews during the war. It will be presented by van Mansum’s daughters.

About Deborah Lipstatd

Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. She has published and taught about the Holocaust for close to 40 years. She famously won a libel suit brought against her by Holocaust denier David Irving, described in her book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. Her TED talk about the trial has received close to 1.2 million views and Denial, the movie about the legal battle, was nominated for a BAFTA.

Lipstadt was appointed by former president Bill Clinton to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and was a consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

About the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship

CHES’s mission is to develop educational programs and activities to promote understanding of the history and legacy of the Holocaust. Based at Carleton’s Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies, CHES forges connections with diverse audiences and offers year-round programming to combat prejudice and racism, as well as promote respect for diversity, social justice and human rights.

In commemoration of Holocaust Education Month, CHES is offering a range of programs that are moving, thought-provoking and enriching. These include lectures and workshops for descendants of Holocaust survivors, local teachers and the Ottawa Police. More information about CHES events is available online.

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