Remembering the Victims of the Holocaust



International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

On January 27 of each year, the United Nations (UN) remembers the Holocaust that affected many people during World War II, and the millions of members of groups systematically murdered by Nazi Germans. Of the 11 million killed, were Jews, Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, Afro-Germans, Romanies, people with disabilities, political dissidents, Jehovah’s Witnesses, gay men and women, and those who opposed the Nazi regime.

January 27th also marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Soviet troops on in 1945.

On November 1, 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 60/7, which established January 27 as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day to:

  • Encourage the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future acts of genocide
  • Reject any denial of the Holocaust as an event
  • Oppose all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief.
  • Preserve Holocaust sites that served as Nazi death camps, concentration camps, forced labor camps and prisons
  • It also established the United Nations Outreach Programme for Holocaust remembrance and education

It is hoped that through remembering these events, people will remember the Holocaust and prevent genocide.

2014: Journeys through the Holocaust

The 2014 observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is centred around the theme “Journeys through the Holocaust”. This theme recalls the various journeys taken during this dark period, from deportation to incarceration to freedom, and how this experience transformed the lives of those who endured it. These are stories of pain and suffering, yet ultimately also of triumph and renewal, serving as a guiding force for future generations.

In and Around the City

You can stop by the Calgary Jewish Community Centre (JCC) anytime between 9 AM and 9 PM and join the Calgary Jewish Federation to commemorate this day. Movie shorts produced by the Azrieli Foundation will be showing all day. You can also pick up a free copy of a Holocaust Survivor’s story

Please refer to the Calgary Jewish Federation website for more information.

Resources for More Information About this Day

United Nations Outreach Programme for Holocaust Remembrance

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Freeman Family Holocaust Education Centre


Internship Opportunity with UNA-Canada

This opportunity is for a one year contract with possibility of renewal. Please forward your resume and cover letter via email to [email protected] no later than January 22, 2014 and specify “UNPPP Project Officer” in the subject line.

Terms of Reference for UNPPP Project Officer

The United Nations Professional Placement Programme (UNPPP) seeks to provide young Canadian professionals with an opportunity to enhance their employment and international experience through six-month internship placements with UN offices around the world.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the UNPPP Project Officer will have the following responsibilities:

  • Work closely with UNA-Canada’s President and CEO to ensure effective and efficient implementation of the Programme;
  • Oversee the promotion of UNPPP widely across Canada and through various avenues including, but not limited to, university centers, job boards, community organizations and list serves through traditional and evolving social networking avenues (twitter, LinkedIn, etc);
  • Identify, steward and engage with UN Host organizations to act as internship hosts for selected participants;
  • Conduct interviews and shortlist top candidates to present to UN Hosts;
  • Oversee preparation of candidates for their overseas placement including logistical support and conducting briefing sessions;
  • Ensure security, cross-cultural briefing and de-briefing materials for the participants are relevant and up to date to the host country repertoire;
  • Ensuring key indicators and data are being recorded, tracked and reported;
  • Contribute to candidate and alumni career support services, including, but not limited to facilitating appropriate networking and knowledge sharing, providing reference letters, resources, etc.;
  • Work closely with the project team to identify partners who can contribute financially, or provide additional resources to the Programme;
  • Draft funding proposals;
  • Contribute to overall project and UNA-Canada growth; and
  • Carry out any other duties related to project success, or as requested.

Should this programme receive financial support from the Government of Canada or other source of funds requiring reporting, the duties will expand to include:

  • Coordinate all aspects of the funded programme according to the guidelines and regulations of that programme (ie, any timelines to adhere to, additional reporting requirements, monitoring & evaluation with the possibility of overseas travel, guarantee eligibility requirements of candidates are met, etc.)
  • On-going monitoring, evaluation and financial auditing of the programme and the production of  quarterly and semi or final reports.

The ideal Candidate will have;

  • Post graduate or Masters degree/diploma in development studies, political science, education, communications, and/or related experience including in youth engagement and project management;
  • Have at least  6-months overseas work or volunteer experience, preferably in a developing country;
  • Experience working with Canadian youth;
  • Strong interpersonal/people skills;
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in research and knowledge of general fundraising;
  • Experience using social media and web networking tools (Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogger, WordPress);
  • Excellent communication, organization and writing skills;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint/Prezi;
  • Human Resources training and experience an asset;
  • French fluency and basic Spanish an asset; and
  • Familiarity with RBM an asset.

UNA-Canada offers a comprehensive benefits package and annual salary will commensurate with experience and qualifications. This opportunity is for a one year contract with possibility of renewal.

Please forward your resume and cover letter via email to [email protected] and please specify ‘UNPPP Project Officer in the subject line.

We are looking to fill this vacancy as soon as possible. We thank you for your interest, only those shortlisted will be contacted.


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