The Holocaust was the systematic attempt by Nazi Germany to annihilate Europe’s Jewish population during World War II, resulting in the murder of six million Jews. The Azrieli Foundation is committed to ensuring the Holocaust is never forgotten and that it is expertly taught to present and future generations.

By expanding our collective knowledge of the destruction of Jewish lives and communities, and sharing the experiences of those who survived, we strive to cultivate a better understanding of the enormity of this genocide.

Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program

The Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program was established by the Azrieli Foundation in 2005 to collect, preserve and share the memoirs and diaries of Holocaust survivors who came to Canada.

Holocaust Education and Experiential Learning

The Azrieli Foundation works to foster engagement with Holocaust history by supporting innovative programs, projects and educational tools. We are proud to be the leading donor to major Holocaust education initiatives and to support local organizations from coast to coast to coast.

Montreal Holocaust Museum

Toronto Holocaust Museum

Jewish Federation of Ottawa

Atlantic Jewish Council

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

Calgary Jewish Federation

Freeman Family Foundation Holocaust Education Centre

Hamilton Jewish Federation

Facing History & Ourselves Canada

The Centre for Holocaust Education and Scholarship

March of Remembrance and Hope Canada

On a global scale, our relationships with trusted international organizations, including Yad Vashem: The World Holocaust Center and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, help us maintain our support of best practices in Holocaust education and commemoration.

Higher Education

We support access to academic initiatives and resources that help scholars deepen their knowledge of the Holocaust, promoting the next generation of educators and experts.

University of Haifa: Weiss-Livnat International MA Program in Holocaust Studies

Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University: Lessons and Legacies Conference

Concordia University Library: Azrieli Holocaust Collection

Recognized by scholars from diverse fields, the award-winning memoirs published by the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program have become an invaluable source of survivor narratives. The memoirs are used in post-secondary institutions across Canada and beyond for both teaching and scholarly research.

Taking The First Step Towards Holocaust Education and Teaching

The Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program has launched The First Step: A Guide for Educators Preparing to Teach about the Holocaust.

Our Mission

Our mission is to connect and nurture potential, wherever it exists, with the resources and the wisdom necessary to open the doors to a better world — one individual at a time.

How we work

At the Azrieli Foundation we are passionate about a rigorous but creative approach to philanthropy, strategic collaborations, leadership and bold thinking. We believe these are the keys to knowledge that will create positive outcomes for future generations. We aim to achieve measurable impact in our priority funding areas and to improve the lives of others.

Our work in Jewish education

We focus on ensuring a vibrant future for Israel and the Jewish people through broad, pluralistic and innovative initiatives.

Our work in Jewish communities

We support initiatives that positively impact and improve the lives of marginalized and vulnerable individuals, including Holocaust survivors in need, and promote Jewish education, heritage and culture.