Countering Racism: Lessons learned from the Holocaust
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Following the end of the Second World War, as the full horrors of Nazism and the Holocaust were revealed, few would have believed that extreme right wing ideologies could ever regain credibility. Were we wrong? Whether proclaiming themselves to be Klan, Nazi, neo-Nazi or hiding under the convenient umbrella of the alt-right, many of the old demons are re-appearing. How big a problem do we have and what can the lessons of the Holocaust inform our current fight against racism and the ongoing presence of right wing extremism in Canada?
Date- January 30, 2017
Time- 2-00pm EST
Moderator- Len Rudner
Speakers-Judy Cohen, Nicole Miller, Ryan Scrivens
Thank you to everyone who participated in this webinar. The event recording will be published and shared with attendees in the coming week.
Judy Weissenberg Cohen
Judy Weissenberg Cohen is a Holocaust survivor from Hungary. When Hungarian Jews were deported in 1944, she and many members of her family were sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where Judy became a slave labourer. She was later sent to other camps in the Nazi system and was fortunate to survive the death marches at the end of the war. Today, Judy is committed to Holocaust and human rights education, and she has set up a website “Women and the Holocaust” to further this end.
Nicole Miller is Executive Director at FAST, a non-profit dedicated to funding educational materials to combat racism and discrimination, with antisemitism being a specific manifestation of it. For the past 8 years Nicole has successfully been promoting and distributing two bilingual FAST programs, curriculum-based and provided free to all schools, colleges and universities: Choose Your Voice, aimed at middle schools, has reached over 2.4 million Canadian students and Voices into Action an online high school program launched in 2014, has already reached 390,000 students.
Ryan Scrivens is a PhD student in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and a Research Associate with the International CyberCrime Research Centre (ICCRC). Ryan has been studying right-wing extremism for the past five years and completed a three year Public Safety funded project with Dr. Barbara Perry, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), which is titled "Right-Wing Extremism in Canada: An Environmental Scan." Here he's gained valuable experience in the field, not only by documenting the online and offline activities of the far-right, but by interviewing former white supremacists and police officers as well. Ryan continues to investigate the conditions that facilitate and inhibit the far-right movement in Canada.
Len Rudner (moderator)
Len Rudner is Principal at Len Rudner & Associates, a consultancy focusing on community advocacy, diversity & inclusion and human rights. He is the former Director of Community Relations and Outreach for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).
Prior to working with CIJA Len was employed in successive roles with Canadian Jewish Congress, acting as Ontario Regional Director, National Director of Community Relations and Ontario Director of Community Relations. He has represented the position of the Jewish community on a variety of issues including antisemitism, discrimination in the workplace, reasonable accommodation and Holocaust denial. He has represented CIJA and CJC at international conferences focusing on Holocaust education, antisemitism, hate speech and freedom of speech.