PROGRAMS

 

American Witnesses: Eyewitness Film Footage at Liberation

Lindsay Zarwell, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's American Witnesses exhibition presents personal film footage by American soldiers, which documents the effects of persecution and Nazi atrocities in liberated areas of Europe.

The Anne Frank House Virtual Tour (English)

Julie Couture, Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House, located in Amsterdam, was established in 1957 in cooperation with Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father. The Anne Frank House raises awareness about Anne’s life story all over the world. Sponsored by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. 

Visite Guidée de la Maison Anne Frank (en français)

Julie Couture, La Maison Anne Frank

La Maison Anne Frank enseigne l'histoire de la vie d'Anne dans plusieurs pays, La Maison Anne Frank, située à Amsterdam, a ouvert ses portes le 3 mai 1957 avec Otto Frank, le père d’Anne Frank. Merci de Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Antisemitism: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Dr. Marcy Gringlas, Hannah Lessing, Marilyn Sinclair & Viviane Teitelbaum

A panel discussion & short documentary about recent trends in North American & European antisemitism.

Belonging Differently: Queer Identities Among the 2nd & 3rd Generations

Jacob Evoy, Wendy Oberlander, Golan Moskowitz, Madelaine Zadik

How LGBTQ descendants narrate their parents'/grandparents’ stories, and integrate the inheritance of their experiences into their own identities.

Birkenau Virtual Tour

The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum
Revisit the live broadcast as he walks through Birkenau. Start by the Death Gate, walk towards the platform where Hungarian Jews were brought and selected, and walk towards the ruins of gas chambers.

The Claims Conference: Global Initiatives for Survivors and a Look to the Future

Greg Schneider & Gideon Taylor

The support that the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) has provided, and continues to provide, for Holocaust Survivors.

Combatting Online Hate & Antisemitism

Michal Cotler-Wunsh, MP Anthony Housefather, MP Marty Morantz & Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, moderated by Michael Mostyn

A discussion about increasing online antisemitism and online hatred, responses to this serious problem, and current efforts taking place across the globe to combat it. 

Combatting Online Hate & Antisemitism in Australia

MP Josh Burns

This session details recent antisemitism in Australia and the efforts taking place to fight it.

A Conversation with Elisha Wiesel and Lisa LaFlamme

Elisha Wiesel, interviewed by Lisa LaFlamme

Elisha Wiesel - the only child of Holocaust Survivor & Nobel Laureate, Elie Wiesel - reflects on the legacy passed onto him by his father.

Covid-19, Antisemitism and Holocaust Memory in Israel

Dr. Liat Steir-Livny

This program addresses the pandemic's impact on antisemitism and anti-Zionism, and how the Holocaust has been a frame of reference in Israel for interpreting COVID-19.

Digital Hate: What if Hitler had Social Media?

Daniella Lurion, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center & and Sharon Magor, Reena Foundation

This workshop connects social media propaganda to Nazi propaganda used against the Holocaust's “first victims” - people with disabilities - in the Aktion T4 Euthanasia program (and, subsequently, Jewish & other victims).

Eradicating Survivor Poverty: Providing for Holocaust Survivors Around the World

Yael Eckstein & Eli Rubenstein

This session explores how alliances between Christian and Jewish communities have raised thousands of Holocaust Survivors out of poverty. Sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) of Canada.

Exploring Testimony Through Art with David Kassan

David Jon Kassan & Nate Leipciger

In this program, David sketches Holocaust Survivor, Nate Leipciger, in real-time while answering questions about his creative process, his experiences, and the motivation behind his work. 

 

Founders of the Second Generation Movement

Helen Epstein, Dr. Eva Fogelman & Menachem Rosensaft, moderated by Kati Marton

A discussion about three 2G voices that catapulted into a global and lasting movement. 

Free to Wait: Refugees & Returning to Life

Dr. Elizabeth Anthony, Dr. Adara Goldberg, Dr. Joanna Sliwa, Jody Spiegel

The challenges that Survivors faced immediately after WW2, as they found themselves liberated - but not free.

The Future of Memory

Dr. Kori Street

Discover how USC Shoah Foundation is using new technologies to tell the stories of Survivors and keep Holocaust memory alive.

The Future of Survivor Communities

Esther Finder & Ken Engel, Generations of the Shoah International
This is a recording of a virtual gathering, hosted by Generations of The Shoah International. GSI is a worldwide network of descendants with common goals to preserve legacy, share resources & ideas, provide/receive emotional support, and tackle issues of mutual interest.

The Girl in the Diary:  Searching for Rywka from the Łódź Ghetto

Jakub Nowakowski, Galicia Jewish Museum
In 1945, a Soviet doctor found a diary in liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, written by teenage Rywka Lipszyc. An exhibit was created in Kraków, Poland, which displays the diary and research on Rywka's fate & whereabouts.

He Wanted to Save Them All: Canadian Jewish Soldiers Who Liberated Europe

Ellin Bessner & Bob Delson

Over a million Canadian soldiers - including 17,000 Jewish soldiers - helped liberate Holocaust Survivors, and worked to reunite many with their families around the world. For these Canadian Jewish soldiers, the war posed great personal danger, should the Nazis capture them.

The Holocaust in the Fiction and Memoirs of Chava Rosenfarb

Professor Goldie Morgentaler

Chava Rosenfarb was one of Poland's great Holocaust chroniclers. Chava's daughter (and translator) presents an overview of Chava's life, novels, and Bergen-Belsen diary, which was published post-liberation. 

Holocaust Denial & Distortion: Marginalization, Half-Truths, and Lies

Professor Yehuda Bauer, introduced by Yoni Berrous

 The dangerous phenomenon of Holocaust distortion, including the differences between blatant denial and manipulative misrepresentations.

 

Holocaust Denial, Distortion, Minimization, and Glorification

Dr. Michael Berenbaum & Mark Weitzman, introduced by Dr. Tsipy Gur

A discussion about the various detrimental narratives that are often taught about the Holocaust.

The Holocaust, Genocides, Human Rights & Universal Lessons

Professor Irwin Cotler, Professor Payam Akhavan & Naomi Kikoler

Human rights experts explore what the Holocaust and other genocides have taught humanity about protecting human rights.

Holocaust Memory and Education in Poland: Current Initiatives in Polish/Jewish Relations

Olga Kaczmarek, Forum for Dialogue

This session presents education & remembrance-based activities undertaken in former shtetls in Poland, focusing on participants of the Leaders of Dialogue network.

Holocaust Memory & the Future: How Can You Help?

Sharon Beunos, Zikaron BaSalon

As the opportunity for Survivors’ first-hand testimonies diminish, preserving the memory of the Holocaust is more critical than ever. This session addresses new and engaging ways to preserve memory.

Holocaust Memory in the Era of Social Media

Yoni Berrous & Jane Jacobs-Kimmelman, Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center

What should we know about the growing presence of the Holocaust and related imagery on social media? How can the digital world be used safely and effectively when introducing the new generation to the Holocaust?

Holocaust Refugee Voices Testimony Archive

Michael Newman & Dr. Bea Lewkowicz, Association of Jewish Refugees

 

The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) represents and supports Holocaust refugees and survivors in Great Britain.  This session presents AJR's Refugee Voices Testimony Archive.

Holocaust Reparations and Restitution, 1945-2020: Behind the Legal Battles

William R. Marks

William Marks is a nationally-recognized expert in the field of German reparations and restitution, specializing in Holocaust-related compensation claims This session discusses case studies and Marks' career-long pursuit of justice.

How to Speak to Your Children (and Grandchildren) About the Holocaust

Leora Schaefer, Dr. Amy Platt & Carrie Swartz

Understanding how/when to address sensitive issues with children is challenging. This session outlines age-appropriate ways to talk with young people about the Holocaust, and how to assess when a child is ready.

How to Tell Your Parents' Stories

Dori Ekstein, Michelle Glied-Goldstein & Esther Toporek Finder

A panel on different approaches 2Gs use to effectively and accurately continue sharing the testimonies of their Survivor parents.

"In Every Generation, They Wish to Destroy Us:" Antisemitism and Anti-Israelism as Factors in Jewish Identity

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, interviewed by Dr. Naomi Azrieli

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt is most known for her overwhelming victory following a libel lawsuit by notorious Holocaust denier, David Irving. ​

Intergenerational Transmission of Resilience and Vulnerabilities:

The Reactions of Descendants of the Holocaust to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Irit Felsen

Descendants' reactions to COVID--19, how their Holocaust backgrounds influenced their experiences, and how resilience and vulnerabilities were activated in response to the coalescing social, political and financial crises. 

The Intergenerational Transmission of Resilience in Children & Grandchildren of Survivors

Dr. Yonit Hoffman

This presentation describes how Survivors’ strengths and “resilient identities” can be carried through generations, and details research on vulnerabilities & strengths of descendants (including the concept of epi-genetics and “post-traumatic growth"). Sponsored by Anette & Larry Goldstein.

Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue

Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella & Professor Irwin Cotler, interviewed by Robert Fife

A personal interview with international human rights experts on the Holocaust's influence on their childhoods and justice-pursuing careers. 

Liberated & Rescued/СПАСЕННЫЕ И ОСВОБОЖДЕННЫЕ   

Jewish "Children of War" from USSR & Descendants

Dr. Zelina Iskanderova & Lana Barkan

Russian/English program. Children of War from former-USSR recall experiences of growing up during and immediately after WWII. Their stories are remarkable historical accounts from the children's perspective.

Liberated by the Red Army

The Consulate General of Russia in Toronto, Dr. Sergei Plekhanov & Edward Staroselky
In 1944, advancing Red Army troops liberated the first death camps in Poland. This exhibition contains historical materials about the courage of those who fought against the Holocaust, and the role of the Red Army in liberation.

Love & Sex Across Holocaust Generations

Dr. Eva Fogelman & Esther Perel

How did past traumatic experiences affect Survivors' love relations? What messages did their children/grandchildren inherit, and how did this impact their relationships?

Meet the Kindertransport Association

Melissa Hacker & Kindertransport Association Members

Just before WWII, 10,000 children were sent to safety via Kindertransport. Today, the Kindertransport Association connects Kindertransport Survivors & descendants, preserves Kindertransport stories, and supports child refugees.

Preserving Holocaust History through Artifacts

Kassandra LaPrade Seuthe, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

To ensure the history of the Holocaust is not forgotten, the USHMM actively acquires original artifacts, documents, correspondence, photographs and films.

 

Solutions for Modern Manifestations of Antisemitism on Campuses
Student Panel, Hillel International, Hillel Ontario & Texas Hillel

Five Hillel leaders from Canada & the US discuss experiences of, and strategies to resist, antisemitism on university and college campuses.

Spark of Inspiration: The Hard-Fought Hope of Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, interviewed by Dr. Stephen D. Smith

Dr. Ruth is a psychosexual therapist who pioneered media psychology with her radio program. In testimony, films, books and even graphic novels, 93-year old Dr. Ruth continues to share her story of escape from the Holocaust.

Speaking Across the Divide: Growing Up in the Shadow of the Holocaust

Dr. Noemie Lopian & Derek Niemann

A daughter of Survivors and a grandson of a Nazi SS war criminal challenge Holocaust denialism, educate about antisemitism, and provide relevant lessons for a post-memory generation.

Spiritual Resistance: Searching for Humanity in an Inhumane World

Lori Gerson, Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center

This session tours Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum and explores Jewish spiritual resistance during the Holocaust.

Stolpersteine ("Stumbling Stones"): Stories through Generations

The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Toronto & Ryerson University

This German remembrance project is the largest decentralized monument in the world today. This exhibition individually memorializes tragedies, persons/families, and stories. The virtual version of the exhibit provides accessible education through oral histories.

Trauma and Triumph in Survivor Families

Dr. Robert Krell

By confronting memory, Survivors created an educational legacy for succeeding generations. Survivor, Dr. Robert Krell, discusses aspects of resilience by individuals who succeeded beyond all expectations.

Trauma-Informed Practice with Aging Survivors

Myra Giberovitch

This workshop discusses the unique issues Survivors face as they age, the impact of aging on traumatic memory, and the impact of caregiving responsibilities on descendants. It offers practical techniques for enhancing Survivors’ coping abilities.

Unveiling Holocaust Secrets to Prevent Future Genocides

Father Patrick Desbois, Yahad-In Unum

Yahad - In Unum (“Together In One”) is dedicated to uncovering genocidal practices around the world, providing documented proof of crimes against humanity, and protesting on behalf of past and present victims.

We, The Liberated

Holocaust Survivors Hedy Bohm, Pinchas Gutter, Dr. Nate Leipciger & Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff 

Holocaust survivors share their memories of liberation, what freedom means to them & what they want the next generation to know.

WHY? The Holocaust Explained

Dr. Peter Hayes, introduced by Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff

An exploration of the origins of one of the most tragic events in human history, from a world-renowned Holocaust historian (introduction by child Survivor).

Women in the Holocaust: Why Their Stories Matter Today

Dr. Renate Krakauer, Dr. Karen Mock & Dr. Racelle Weiman

So many acts of survival were, and still are, dependent on women. What can we learn from the lives & actions of women in the Holocaust, and how can their stories be used for addressing today's issues?

World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust & Descendants

Presented by Dr. Charles Silow & Child Survivors, Stefanie Seltzer & Daisy Miller

This program discusses the development and the underlying reasons for the creation of the World Federation, and how Child Survivors formed the organization to give themselves voices. 

Writing Survival, Writing History: The Holocaust in Hungary

Nina Munk, Ferenc Laczo & Dr. Max Eisen

How do memoirist Survivors relate to interpretations by historians? How do memoirs by Holocaust survivors impact the way we write history?