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Bassler appointed to Holocaust board

Dr. Gerhard Bassler

B’nai Brith Canada has appointed Dr. Gerhard Bassler to the advisory board of the National Task Force on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research.

A professor emeritus in the Department of History, Dr. Bassler is a dedicated Holocaust educator. Recently, he pioneered and taught the popular undergraduate research seminar The Holocaust in Historical Perspective. In 2004, he received an award for Outstanding Contributions to Holocaust Education in Newfoundland and Labrador (2004). Dr. Bassler is the author of Sanctuary Denied, which focuses extensively on Newfoundland’s record of turning away Second World War refugees seeking sanctuary from the Nazi killing machine.

“Professor Bassler is Canada’s leading expert on Newfoundland’s record during the Holocaust era of refusing to help refugees in fear of their lives trying desperately to flee Nazi Europe,” said Frank Dimant, executive vice-president of B’nai Brith Canada. “We are very pleased and proud to see his name added to this very important National Holocaust Task Force.”

The National Task Force on Holocaust Research, Remembrance and Education is a centralized body, operating under the auspices of B’nai Brith Canada, that will bring together scholars, legal experts and educators with Holocaust survivors and Jewish community stakeholders in an effort to share and enhance the important Holocaust research and educational work being done in Canada.