Holocaust experts visit

A few tickets are still available for the Holocaust Symposium this Thursday organized by the Langley Centennial Museum.

On the morning of March 6, Holocaust survivor David Ehrlich will be speaking about his experiences including being at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, and as a war orphan in Canada.

Historian Kit Krieger will be speaking about this dark period of modern history.

The symposium complements two exhibits provided courtesy of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre. The exhibits are on display at the museum in Fort Langley. More Than Just Games: Canada, and the 1936 Olympics and Framing

Bodies: Sport and Spectacle in Nazi Germany are on display until March 16. Admission to see the exhibits is free.

Admission to the symposium is $5 and advance registration is required. Call the museum at 604-532-3536 to sign up.

The symposium takes place at the Township Civic Facility from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on March 6.

The 1936 Olympics were in Germany at a critical juncture between Adolf Hitler becoming chancellor and the outbreak of the Second World War.

The world faced a decision about whether to participate. Canadian athletes, particularly young Jewish athletes, were in a dilemma. Should they follow their dreams to the world’s greatest athletic competition or should they boycott the 1936 Olympics?

“These exhibit sheds some light on some of their stories,” said museum curator Kobi Christian, “and puts the 1936 Olympics into context.”

More Than Just Games: Canada and the 1936 Olympics brings together photos, documents, film clips and memoirs to tell the little-known story of the Canadian boycott debate and Canada’s participation in the 1936 Games.

It deals with themes of racism and moral decision-making with an emphasis on the experiences of individual Canadian and German-Jewish athletes who made difficult decisions about their participation.

The exhibit also shines a spotlight on the untold story of Matthew Halton, a respected Canadian journalist who wrote critically about the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1936, and includes some rare footage of the Canadian Men’s basketball team, of Berlin during the Games, and of Canadian athletes aboard a ship on the way to Berlin.

Framing Bodies: Sport and Spectacle in Nazi Germany explores sport, politics and propaganda.

The exhibit looks at how bodies that were considered “Aryan” were portrayed, and how the Nazis viewed and regulated those who were excluded from the ideal.

It also looks at how propaganda, rituals, and films were used to express the connection between the Olympics and their notion of a “master race.”

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