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Media Release
October 26, 2017
Halifax, NS

Holocaust Education Week at the Museum

The 14th annual Holocaust Education Week in Halifax is a week of programs curated to commemorate the tragedy of the Holocaust and to perpetuate the memory of its happening through education and testimonies. In partnership with the Atlantic Jewish Council, the Museum is pleased to offer two special events for Holocaust Education Week:

November 5, 2:00 pm, KAMP: the musical, Kenneth C. Rowe Hall
November 8, 7:00 pm, Fanny’s Journey, Andrea & Charles Bronfman Theatre
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7

KAMP: the musical is an original musical by local artists Jamie Bradley and Garry Williams. Inspired by historical truth, KAMP tells the story of a group of homosexual men who, convicted under Paragraph 175, are forced to wear the pink triangle against the backdrop of isolation Block 14 in a Nazi concentration camp. These men suffer heavy labour and torture; yet, find the strength to defy their captors by producing a secret cabaret, replete with political satire, drag, and plenty of “camp.” Using their wit, talent, art, and irreverence, they struggle to survive, hold on to their identities, and save their humanity. KAMP: the musical comes to the Museum on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. This is a free event, presented in English. Tickets for KAMP can be reserved on the Eventbrite page: https://kampthemusical.eventbrite.ca

Fanny’s Journey, a film by Lola Doillon and based on the true story of Fanny Ben-Ami, a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fears no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters are sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. When they suddenly find themselves alone, 11 foster children use incredible reserves of strength and bravery to crusade towards Switzerland on their own. Fanny’s Journey is screening at the Museum on Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. This is a free event presented in French with English subtitles.


Quotes:

"It’s important to remember this very dark time in the history of the world, keep the memories alive and also reflect on Canada’s role. Participating in Holocaust Education Week not only allows us to reflect on the past, but also provides a starting point for conversations about refugees past and present. The rhetoric that surrounded post Second World War refugees is the same rhetoric that is being used today. This idea that refugees today are different, other, or somehow separate are the same kind of arguments that were used against post Second World War refugees, or displaced persons, and people may not realize that. Our programming is a way of getting people to remember, as well as to look towards the future and open up discussion about these kinds of challenging topics." - Rebecca MacKenzie Hopkins, Public Programs Manager, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

"Learning about the Holocaust provides an understanding of the power of prejudice that can lead to violence and genocide. Our partnership with the Museum allows us to broaden the foundation in our community to talk about past violences and encourage civic engagement. We hope that by attending Holocaust Education Week programs, visitors will take away an awareness of human rights and the importance of respect for all." - Edna LeVine, Director of community engagement, Atlantic Jewish Council

About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 collects, shares and pays tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Museum is situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Today, the Museum shares the stories and experiences of all immigrants to Canada, past to present day. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada.

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Media Contact
Beatrice Houston Gilfoy, Communications Specialis
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Telephone: (902) 425-7770 ext. 264
bhouston-gilfoy@pier21.ca