The Brief History of Antisemitism in Canada reference guide provides teachers with an opportunity to learn about historical antisemitism in order to understand its various manifestations in Canada during the Holocaust (1933-1945).
Particular emphasis is placed on the Quebec context – including a brief history of the Quebec Jewish community – while examining how antisemitism influenced Canadian governmental policies, media, public discourse and action regarding the situation of Jews in Europe and in Canada.
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The Brief History of Antisemitism in Canada reference guide is available online for free. Click the download links below to view the guide.
- Reflect on ethical questions of tolerance and justice
- Examine social phenomena from a historical perspective, from the past to the present
- Develop critical judgment by studying problems and issues of the contemporary world (re: antisemitism and discrimination)
Translation of a chart from Nazi Germany used to explain the Nuremberg Laws which state that Jews and Germans are not allowed to marry. Germany, 1935. Public domain, source: WikiCommons
Advertisement published in Le Courrier d’Oshawa (Canada), 1939. Source: Canadian Jewish Congress CC National Archives.
Learn more about the history of the Holocaust
Survivor testimonies about persecution before the Holocaust are available on the Survivors’ Stories section of our website. They are also available in our virtual exhibitions, Building New Lives and Holocaust Life Stories (select the ‘pre-war life’ theme).
To learn more about the Holocaust and antisemitism, read the reference guide, A Brief History of the Holocaust. You can also consult the Testimony Analysis Sheet to help students learn about a survivor’s story.