Recognizing International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On Saturday, Jan. 27 the University of Victoria recognizes International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau—as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time to remember the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and the millions of other victims of Nazi persecution. Each year, people all over the world take this opportunity to remember the victims of the Holocaust and reflect on the dangers of antisemitism.

The Holocaust was born out of hatred, intolerance and antisemitism. It’s important to reflect on this history, particularly as we are seeing rising rates of antisemitism on campus, and in our communities.

We continue to gather information about the current climate on campus and want to support those experiencing antisemitism. If you are experiencing discrimination of any kind, please reach out for support to Equity and Human Rights.

Supports at UVic

Spiritual care

The Multifaith Centre at UVic has a Jewish spiritual care provider who provides emotional, social and spiritual support.

Hillel BC’s UVic branch

Hillel BC’s branch at UVic provides a warm, welcoming environment where students can grow religiously, culturally, socially and ethically.

Educational Resources

Standing against antisemitism

In 2021, more than 80 staff and faculty members in UVic’s Faculty of Humanities have pledged to stand against antisemitism—noting its sharp rise on campus and around the globe—with a list of nine actions to undertake together.

LibGuide on combating antisemitism

Explore the educational guide to books, articles, and additional resource sites developed by UVic Libraries alongside members of the Jewish community. Additional anti-racism and anti-oppression resources are also available through the UVic library guide.

Holocaust education

In partnership with UVic’s Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, UVic Libraries has launched a digital exhibit, Stories of the Holocaust: Local Memory and Transmission, featuring 10 stories told by local community members whose families were devastated by the Holocaust.

Interfaith Dialogue Guide

Multifaith Services offers a guide on how to have interfaith dialogue.

Community resources


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