A travelling exhibit on loan from the Montreal Holocaust Museum will be displayed at Victoria Park, Sydney, from Nov. 2-14.
United Against Genocide: Understand, Question, Prevent invites visitors to identify similarities and differences between four genocides: the Armenian genocide, the Cambodian genocide, the genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda and the Holocaust. It does this using testimony and rare archives. Its opening marks the beginning of Holocaust Education Week.
The Montreal Holocaust Museum loaned the exhibit to the local Holocaust Education Week Committee at no cost. A partnership between the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education and Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission covered expenses associated with transporting, hosting and displaying it.
“Tragedies like the one in Pittsburgh this past weekend remind us how important it is that we work together to eliminate discrimination and hatred,” said Christine Hanson, CEO and director of the Commission. “Education is the cornerstone of human rights protection, this unique collection illustrates the tragic outcome of discrimination left unchecked.
“As global polarities divide us, it is as important as ever for everyone to do their part to protect the rights of every individual in our society.”
Area students will visit the exhibit during its time in Sydney. Volunteer guides will help as interpreters and support students, teachers and members of the public as they learn together.
“Teaching and learning about the Holocaust is an important part of our educational journey,” said Beth MacIsaac, regional executive director of Education at the centre. “The Holocaust Exhibition in Sydney gives our students, staff, and community an opportunity to visit the past, remember those who lost their lives, the survivors of the Holocaust and the lessons they have taught us.
The park is at 20 Ortona Dr. Admission to the exhibit is free.
To learn more about the exhibit visit http://humanrights.novascotia.ca/UAG .