Calendar of Events

November 9, 2017, at 7:00 pm

Kehillat Beth Israel Synagogue
1400 Coldrey Avenue, Ottawa


Holocaust Education Month Launch Event                                                        Keynote Address by Dr. Avinoam J. Patt – “From Destruction to Rebirth: The Return to Life in the Jewish DP Camps”

For more details on this event, and other events taking place during Holocaust Education Month, please visit


November 2, 2017, at 5:30 pm

Fauteux Hall (FTX), Room 302
57 Louis-Pasteur, University of Ottawa
Human Rights Research and Education Centre


Protecting Academic Freedom at Home and Abroad


  • Jan GRABOWSKI | Full Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ottawa
  • Joyce PISARELLO | Senior Program Officer for Membership and University Relations at Scholars at Risk
  • Fayyaz BAQIR | Scholar at Risk hosted at McGill University

Presented by the Human Rights Research and Education Centre  in partnership with Scholars at Risk (SAR) Network, SAR Canada and the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS). Please see the event website for more details.



October 19th, 2017, at 5:30 pm

University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier est
Simard building room 129

First meeting of the Holocaust Research Group/ Première rencontre du groupe de recherche sur l’Holocauste

We are happy to invite you to the first gathering of the University of Ottawa’s Holocaust Research Group. The event will take place on October 19th at 5:30 with a brief presentation from PhD candidate Marie-Dominique Asselin. She will discuss her ongoing research on the Holocaust in Poland and Polish-Jewish relations from 1939-1942. The presentation will be followed by a question period and information session about the group, upcoming events, and how to get involved. A number of interesting opportunities are coming up, such as this year’s academic contest for undergraduates students. If you have any questions, please contact See you there!


Nous sommes heureux de vous inviter à la première rencontre du Groupe de recherche sur l’Holocauste de l’Université d’Ottawa, qui se déroulera le jeudi 19 octobre prochain à 17h30. L’événement débutera avec une courte presentation de la candidate au doctorat Marie-Dominique Asselin qui discutera de sa recherche sur les relations entre les Juifs et les Polonais durant l’Holocauste (1939-1942). La présentation sera suivie d’une période de questions et d’un survol des événements futurs. Nous discuterons aussi de la façon de s’impliquer dans le groupe et de notre concours annuel destiné aux étudiants de premier cycle. Pour toutes questions, veuillez communiquer avec Venez en grand nombre!

NOVEMBER 9th 2017, at 4pm

University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier East
Desmarais Building, room 1130

The Jewish Heroes of Warsaw: The Afterlife of the Warsaw Ghetto

The Holocaust Research Group at the University of Ottawa is happy to announce the upcoming lecture by prof. Avinoam Patt, (Judaic Studies Department, Hartford University)
On April 23, 1943, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency delivered news of the Warsaw Ghetto Revolt, relaying a report received in Stockholm the day before with the headline “Nazis Start Mass-Execution of Warsaw Jews on Passover; Victims Broadcast S.O.S.” How did news of the uprising in Warsaw travel from the ghetto to the outside world? How was it interpreted in the days that followed? Was it covered differently in London, New York, Tel Aviv? Was this event perceived as “revolutionary” at the time? And how did the timing of the revolt, in the spring of 1943, the deadliest year of WWII for European Jewry, influence the manner in which it was reported, interpreted and understood? Through an examination of the ways in which the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was reported in April and May of 1943, we can begin to understand how and why the event was transformed into a symbol of Jewish resistance, Jewish sacrifice, and Jewish martyrdom during and after World War II.
By the first anniversary after the uprising (April 19, 1944) Jewish communities organized solemn commemorations in New York, London, Tel Aviv and elsewhere to recall Warsaw as a “fortress of freedom” and the “Masada of Warsaw.” Representatives from the Jewish Labor Bund and the Zionist movement in the Yishuv disputed both the heroes of the revolt and its true political and ideological significance. By 1946, among the diverse population of survivors who gathered in the DP camps of postwar Germany, Warsaw came to occupy a central place in the collective identity of the She’erit Hapletah. Although they had not been ghetto fighters or partisans, many DPs came to believe, in the words of one Zionist leader in the DP camps, that “a people cannot live off Treblinka and Majdanek – only thanks to Warsaw can this people live on.” This talk will examine how and why the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising quickly became the prism through which Jews around the world understood and interpreted the murder of European Jewry during the Holocaust, and the ways in which memory of the uprising was mobilized by diverse Jewish communities in the service of varied political ideologies after the war.