By Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies
“The Holocaust is not just a Jewish story, but a human story.” Explore the history of the Holocaust and the attitudes and social forces that enabled one of the darkest periods of human history to occur.
Presenter: Elena Kingsbury
Elena Kingsbury has been an educator with FSWC for the past 4.5 years and has taught thousands of students across Ontario - in classrooms and auditoriums, at our Centre, and on the award-winning Tour for Humanity mobile classroom. Elena loves to teach individuals of all backgrounds and abilities and has helped develop many workshops and FSWC events including Freedom Day, Speaker’s Idol, and our National Policy Conference on Holocaust Education. In January 2020, Elena relocated to our nation’s capital and has opened a new access point to FSWC programming in Ottawa and the surrounding communities of Eastern Ontario. Her love of history and curiosity about the wider world began at a very early age. As a child, the majority of Jewish people she knew were survivors like her maternal grandparents who escaped Prague for Denmark in 1939. This personal connection started Elena on an academic path that would lead her to Montreal and McGill University where she completed her M.A. in History in 2014.
About Safer Communities Project
The idea of contributing to help make a safer and vital community is at the heart of all our efforts. Through hosting a series of learning sessions, the Safer Communities Project is collaborating with individuals, community partners, and agencies such as the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies to build awareness, create understanding, bridge gaps within communities, foster virtues of tolerance, acceptance, compassion, and prevent discrimination and hate in all forms.
"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." —Nelson Mandela (Project funded through the Provincial Safer and Vital Communities Grant)