Media Alert / Camera Call - Ottawa International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration

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|January 23, 2023

January 27 – 11 a.m. ET, National Holocaust Monument, Ottawa

On Friday, January 27, Canadians will stand united with a global movement to remember the six million Jewish children, women, and men murdered in the Holocaust. The commemoration is part of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD), this year marking the 78th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Holocaust Survivors, Jewish community leaders, elected officials, and diplomatic representatives will come together in person at the National Holocaust Monument in Ottawa for a community-wide event to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, honour the Survivors, remember the Righteous Among the Nations for their courage and heroism, and reaffirm the commitment to preserve the memories and lessons of the Shoah (Hebrew for Holocaust and used colloquially by Jews globally).

The event is hosted by the National Holocaust Monument Committee (NHMC), the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), and the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, in close partnership with the Embassy of Israel.

Friday, January 27, 11 a.m. – noon ET

National Holocaust Monument, Memorial Park (1918 Chaudière Crossing, Ottawa, ON)
*The commemoration will also be live-streamed at


  • Blessing by Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation Elder Verna McGregor
  • Remarks by a Holocaust Survivor and Descendants
  • Remarks by Dignitaries
  • Performance by Adam Moscoe
  • Candle-lighting Ceremony

This event is free and open to the public.

Special guests include:

  • Elder Verna McGregor, Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation
  • Laurence Wall, CBC Ottawa
  • Representatives from the House of Commons
  • Minister Ahmed Hussen, Minister for Housing and Diversity and Inclusion  
  • Artur Wilczynski, Canada's former Ambassador to Norway, Canada’s Head of Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), member of the Board of the Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship, and a Senior Fellow with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa
  • Ambassador Ronen Hoffman, Embassy of Israel
  • Ambassador David L. Cohen, Embassy of the United States 
  • Ambassador Sabine Sparwasser, Embassy of Germany
  • Mayor Mark Sutcliffe, Ottawa
  • Dr. Agnes Klein, Holocaust Survivor
  • Annette Wildgoose, Daughter of Holocaust Survivor, National Holocaust Monument Committee
  • *Shimon Koffler Fogel, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
  • *Rabbi Idan Scher, Congregation Machzikei Hadas, Ottawa and Member of the National Holocaust Monument Committee
  • *Andrea Freedman, President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Ottawa
  • Adam Moscoe, Singer and Advisor / Economist at Finance Canada
  • MPs, Senators, and Diplomats

 * Those indicated by an asterisk are available for interviews.


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