SCHOOL PRESENTATION PROGRAM
ABOUT OUR SCHOOL PRESENTATION PROGRAM
Our school presentation program lies at the heart of The Foundation for Genocide Education. Founder Heidi Berger created the foundation in response to students’ reaction to a presentation she gives to high schools on the Holocaust, and the precursors to genocide – hate and intolerance. Her presentation is based on her late mother Ann Kazimirski’s video testimonial and book, ‘Witness to Horror’.
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and by TD Canada.
Since 2010, Heidi has shown her interactive presentation to high schools, universities, adult organizations and symposiums throughout Canada and the United States. We have since expanded our team of presenters to include more children and grandchildren of survivors from the Holocaust, along with survivors of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, descendants of the Armenian genocide, and in September 2023, descendants of the genocide of our First Nations.
Our presentations feature a 50-minute blend of video clips of a survivor’s testimonial with live explanations from the presenter that tie everything together into a cohesive and compelling story. A connection is made between past and present-day events, and advocates for education to prevent future genocides. Suitable for various classes, including history, ethics and languages.
We know that history is best told through storytelling, with first-hand accounts being an invaluable resource for educators. These gripping and powerful testimonial presentations allow students to dive into the past, further understand genocides, and develop their compassion for others.
GET TO KNOW OUR PRESENTERS
Ann and her husband survived the Nazi terror and built a new life in Canada. For the past ten years, Heidi has shared her mother’s incredible story in high schools across Quebec to educate students about the dangers of hate and intolerance.
Heidi’s presentation can be given in either English or French.
Jodie Kanenstenhawi Norton
Jodie’s presentation is given in English.
By some miracle they survived Nazi persecution and the Soviet brutal liberation of Hungary. Lucy shows the process of genocide and the path of destruction the Nazis paved throughout Europe.
Lucy’s presentation can be given in either English or French.
Barbara’s presentation can be given in either English or French.
Merilee Calderon Weitzman
Merilee’s presentation can be given in either English or French.
Naomi’s presentation is given in English.
Marie’s presentation can be given in either English or French.
As a consequence of his traumatic experience losing most of his family in a mass shooting, and witnessing massacres of other innocent civilians, Bavon had behavioral difficulties when he arrived in Quebec as a refugee in November, 1994. But today, he is ready to share his story with students so they can learn from his resilience and achievements, even after so many hardships. He feels that speaking about his experience allows him to heal from his trauma.
Bavon’s presentation can be given in either English or French.
IMPACT OF OUR Presentations
- AlexaGrade 10 Student
“I believe people should be reminded what many innocent kids, adults and elders went through.”
- AnthonyGrade 11 student
“Genocide education is essential. It opens up your mind in order to have more valid opinions.”
- Susan FrappierHIgh School Teacher
“The students were incredibly moved. I was absolutely undone and inspired.”
Book a presentation
Please note that our in-person presentations are available only in Quebec and Ontario at the present time. We offer the same presentations live online to schools outside of these provinces.
We require a minimum of 25 students for each presentation. A donation to The Foundation for Genocide Education is requested to enable us to create our presentations, and to continue to expand our program.
Thank you for your interest.
Montreal, QC, Canada H4P 1K4