Community Intelligence Brief: April 19, 2023

April 19, 2023


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Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Commemorated on 80th Anniversary

A ceremony in Warsaw, Poland today marked the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The presidents of Germany, Israel and Poland joined Holocaust survivors and their descendants in honouring the hundreds of brave Jews who fought against the Nazis in the ghetto in 1943.

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Toronto Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Jewish community and its allies commemorated Yom HaShoah yesterday, including at a reception hosted by Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center where Holocaust survivor Eva Meisels shared remarks in front of an audience of Toronto leaders, community members and local and foreign dignitaries.


FSWC President and CEO Discusses Importance of Holocaust Remembrance and Education

Yesterday, on Yom HaShoah, FSWC's Michael Levitt sat down with CP24's Nick Dixon to discuss the organization's Legacy Portrait Project exhibit, which is on display at Toronto City Hall until April 20, and the importance of Holocaust remembrance and education.


Member of Alberta Multiculturalism Council Resigns Over Antisemitic Posts

A member of Alberta's multiculturalism council resigned on Monday after the provincial NDP exposed his past antisemitic posts. Premier Danielle Smith accepted the resignation, with her office stating, “The premier denounces all forms of intolerance and hate.”

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2022 Audit of Antisemitic Incidents in Canada Released

According to B'nai Brith Canada's just-released Annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents, antisemitic incidents in Canada dropped 1.1 per cent in 2022 but remained at a concerning high of 2,769 incidents. The report reveals that online hate accounted for an estimated 74.3 per cent of recorded incidents, and Ontario saw a 64.8 per cent jump in incidents.

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McGill University Ends Research with Antisemitic Iranian University

In an email, McGill University said there is currently "no active research program associated with the Tehran Branch and McGill has no formal partnership agreement with the University of Tehran." Tehran University has hosted speakers and hired professors who have promoted antisemitism and the destruction of Israel.

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Ben Ferencz, Nuremberg Prosecutor Who Devoted His Life to Preventing Genocide, Dies at 103

Benjamin Ferencz, the last surviving member of the prosecuting team at the Nuremberg trials, died earlier this month at the age of 103. He was 27 years old when he was named as the chief prosecutor at the Einsatzgruppen Trial, in which 20 members of the SS’s mobile death squads were convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ferencz devoted his life to helping prevent genocide and to bringing justice to Holocaust survivors.

May his memory forever be a blessing.

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How Many Survivors Are Living in Israel?

As of 2023, 147,199 Holocaust survivors have been living in Israel, including 462 who celebrated their 100th birthdays last year - according to data published by the Holocaust Survivors' Rights Authority. 63 per cent of the survivors recognized by the authority were born in Europe, of which the largest group were born in the former Soviet Union - 37 per cent, while 11 per cent were born in Romania and 5 per cent were born in Poland.

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Evidence of Uprising Against Nazis Is Found in the Ruins of Warsaw Ghetto, Experts Say

Archaeologists in Poland have discovered ruins of a tenement that was once part of the Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi regime, experts say.

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Report Antisemitism and News of Concern to FSWC

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