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.
Dr. Peter Hayes holds degrees from Bowdoin, Oxford, and Yale and was from 1980 to 2016 Professor of History and German and from 2000 to 2016 Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor at Northwestern University in the U.S. His publications have won several prizes and been translated into French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Slovak, and Spanish. His works on the Holocaust include not only the one on which his lecture is based, but also How Was It Possible? A Holocaust Reader and The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies, which he edited with John K. Roth. From 2014 to 2019, he chaired the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Also an award-winning teacher, he lectures widely on German and Holocaust history in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff (organizer & moderator) is a child Holocaust Survivor, Liberation75 committee member, education specialist for Holocaust Studies at Miami-Dade County Public Schools, an appointee to the Florida Education Commissioner's Holocaust Task Force, and the Director of the Summer Teacher Institute on Holocaust Studies at the University of Miami School of Education. Miriam has studied at Yad Vashem; the International Center for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem.
Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue
Justice Rosalie Abella & Professor Irwin Cotler, interviewed by Robert Fife
An up-close and personal interview with international human rights experts, Justice Rosalie Abella and Professor Irwin Cotler.
Justice Rosalie Abella was born in a DP camp in Germany in 1946 and her family came to Canada as refugees in 1950. Justice Abella was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 2004. She is the first refugee, the first Jewish woman and the first child of Holocaust survivors appointed to the Supreme Court in Canada. She is an international expert on human rights law, holds 39 honorary degrees and is a passionate speaker about the role the Holocaust has played in her life. She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1997, to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007, and to the American Philosophical Society in 2018. In 2020, she was awarded the Knight Commander‘s Cross of the Order of Merit by the President of Germany. “You cannot be born in the shadow of the Holocaust to two Jews who survived it, without an exaggerated commitment to the pursuit of justice.” -Justice Abella
Irwin Cotler is the International Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, an Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and long-time Member of Parliament, and an international human rights lawyer. He is a member of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, was recently named Canada’s first-ever Special Envoy on Preserving Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism, and heads Canada’s delegation to IHRA. He has intervened in landmark Charter of Rights cases in the areas of free speech, freedom of religion, minority rights, peace law and war crimes justice. As Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Irwin Cotler appointed the first indigenous and visible minority justices to the Ontario Court of Appeal, issued Canada’s first National Justice Initiative Against Racism and Hate, and made the pursuit of international justice a government priority. He chaired the Inter-Parliamentary Group for Human Rights in Iran; the Inter-Parliamentary Group of Justice for Sergei Magnitsky; the All-Party Save Darfur Parliamentary Coalition; the Canadian section of the Parliamentarians for Global Action and Member of its international council, the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism; and the International Commission of Inquiry into the Fate and Whereabouts of Raoul Wallenberg. Professor Cotler has served as Counsel to prisoners of conscience including Nelson Mandela. He is the recipient of sixteen honorary doctorates, has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada and an Officer of the National Order of Quebec, and is a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient. He was elected 2014 Canadian Parliamentarian of the Year by his colleagues and, in 2015, received the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Inaugural Human Rights Award.
Robert Fife is The Globe and Mail's Ottawa Bureau Chief. He is the former Ottawa Bureau Chief of the National Post and CTV National News and host of CTV's Question Period. He has won numerous awards for his investigative journalism. He broke the SNC-Lavalin affair that led to resignations of two senior cabinet ministers, a top lieutenant to the prime minister and the Clerk of the Privy Council. Mr. Fife set the political agenda in 2012-2014 when he uncovered the Senate expense scandal that resulted in the resignation of Stephen Harper’s chief of staff Nigel Wright and significant reform of Senate expenses. This year, Maclean’s Magazine named Mr. Fife as one of the country’s 50 most powerful people.
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Holocaust Denial & Distortion: Marginalization, Half-Truths, and Lies
Professor Yehuda Bauer, introduced by Yoni Berrous
Seventy-five years after the end of WWII and the Shoah, these events remain a crucial part of human discourse, used to promote, or negate, specific political ideologies, even being abused to support expressions of antisemitism. World-renowned Holocaust scholar Professor Yehuda Bauer will explore the dangerous phenomenon of Holocaust distortion, including the differences between blatant denial and manipulative misrepresentations. Professor Bauer will address the many forms these take across ideological and political divides and highlight the threat that Holocaust denial and distortion constitute to civilized society.
Professor Yehuda Bauer is Professor Emeritus of History and Holocaust Studies at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Academic Advisor to Yad Vashem. Yehuda is fluent in Czech, Slovak, German, Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, and Polish. He was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1926. His family migrated to Israel in 1939. He received his PhD in 1960 for a thesis on the British Mandate of Palestine, and began teaching at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem the following year. He was the founding editor of the Journal of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Bauer has written numerous articles and books on the Holocaust and on Genocide. In 1998, he was awarded the Israel Prize and, in 2001, was elected a member of the Israeli Academy of Science. Yehuda has served as Advisor to the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance, and Research, and as Senior Advisor to the Swedish Government on the International Forum on Genocide Prevention.
Yoni Berrous was born in France and moved to Israel in 1992. He has an MA in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2007, Yoni Berrous began working as a guide for students and Israeli security personnel at Yad Vashem. He has also worked as the Head of the European Jewish Programming in the International School for Holocaust Studies, providing educational training for formal and informal educators from Jewish communities in Europe. He is currently responsible at Yad Vashem for developing Holocaust training for educators from Canada.
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.
Hedy Bohm was born in 1928, in Oradea, Transylvania, and was an only child to Ignacz, a master cabinet maker, and Erzsebet, a homemaker. In May of 1944, Hedy and her family were sent to the Oradea ghetto, and from there, she was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. She was then selected for forced work detail at an ammunition factory and shipped to Fallersleben, Germany in August 1944. Hedy was liberated by American forces in April 1945. Hedy returned to Romania, where she reunited with cousins, and married her husband, Imre. They were able to escape to Prague, where an aid organization arranged for this group of Hungarian orphans to obtain visas to Canada. They arrived in Halifax, Canada in August 1948. In 2015, Hedy was an eyewitness at the famous trial of Oskar Groening in Germany. Hedy speaks to student groups to inspire them to "rock the boat" and "make a difference," and to be continuously grateful for their family, education, and Canadian citizenship.
Pinchas Gutter was born in Lodz, Poland. Pinchas and his family were incarcerated in the Warsaw Ghetto, and subsequently sent to the death camp, Majdanek, where Pinchas' father, mother, and twin sister were murdered. Pinchas endured the slave work and horrors of various concentration camps, including Buchenwald. Near the end of the war, Pinchas was forced on a death march from Germany to Czechoslovakia, and barely survived. He was liberated by the Russians on May 8, 1945, and taken to Britain with other children. Pinchas later spent many years living in South Africa, and then immigrated to Canada where he continues to reside. Pinchas divides his time between speaking out against the Holocaust, volunteering as a chaplain, and serving as an honourary full-time Cantor in the Kiever Shul.
Dr. Nate Leipciger was born in 1928, in Chorzow, Poland. He survived the camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Fünfteichen, Gross-Rosen, Flossenbürg, Leonberg, Mühldorf am Inn and Waldlager. Nate and his father were liberated in May 1945 and came to Canada in 1948, where he chaired the Toronto Holocaust Remembrance Committee, and became an executive member of the Canadian Jewish Congress National Holocaust Remembrance Committee. Nate was also a member of the International Council to the Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau for fifteen years, has been an educator on March of the Living trips to Poland and Israel for fifteen years, and recently accompanied Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Nate has visited Kenora, Ontario to meet with Elders and Chiefs, and to speak to First Nations high school students. Nate's memoir, "The Weight of Freedom", was recently published by the Azrieli Foundation. In 2019, Nate received an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Toronto, faculty of Education.
Dr. Miriam Klein Kassenoff (organizer & moderator) is a child Holocaust Survivor, Liberation75 committee member, education specialist for Holocaust Studies at Miami-Dade County Public Schools, an appointee to the Florida Education Commissioner's Holocaust Task Force, and the Director of the Summer Teacher Institute on Holocaust Studies at the University of Miami School of Education. Miriam has studied at Yad Vashem; the International Center for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem. In October, 2019, Miriam was honoured in Pittsburgh with The Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Classrooms Without Borders in commemoration of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting. She was recently chosen as one of the Outstanding Pioneer Women in Miami-Dade County, and was given the Professional Educator of the Year Award. She was also awarded the Florida Holocaust Museum Holocaust Educator of the Year, the Haitian Holocaust Refugee Project's Tikkun Olam Award, the Miami-Dade Women's History Coalition as a Woman of Impact Award, and was given special tribute by the Florida House of Representatives.
Free to Wait: Refugees & Returning to Life
Dr. Elizabeth Anthony, Dr. Adara Goldberg, Jody Spiegel & Dr. Joanna Sliwa
Explore memoirs of survivors, who found themselves liberated but not free, as they tried to decide where to live and waited to immigrate. “Free to Wait: Refugees & Returning to Life” will explore the challenges that Jewish Holocaust survivors, young people and adults, faced immediately after World War II. Jody Spiegel will amplify the voices of Holocaust survivors through the reading of excerpts from memoirs. Dr. Joanna Sliwa will focus on children in postwar Krakow, Poland, and how they experienced liberation and struggled to resume their lives. Dr. Elizabeth Anthony will discuss the decisions of survivors about returning to Vienna, Austria, and how expectations and reality shaped their lives. Dr. Adara Goldberg will examine the immigration and integration of survivors in Canada and the role of organizations in facilitating the adaptation of refugees into their new home.
Dr. Elizabeth Anthony is the Director of Visiting Scholar Programs at USHMM’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies. Anthony was co-editor of Freilegungen: Spiegelungen der NS-Verfolgung und ihrer Konsequenzen, Jahrbuch des International Tracing Service, the 2015 Yearbook of the International Tracing Service. Elizabeth has published chapters in Lessons and Legacies Volume XII (2017); The Future of Holocaust Memorialization: Confronting Racism, Antisemitism, and Homophobia through Memory Work (2015); and more .Her book, The Compromise of Return: Viennese Jews after the Holocaust, is forthcoming. Elizsbeth received her PhD in history at Clark University and holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland. Among a number of fellowship awards, Anthony was the recipient of a Fulbright research grant (Austria) and a Mandel Center research fellowship.
Dr. Adara Goldberg is the Director of the Holocaust Resource Center and Diversity Council on Global Education and Citizenship at Kean University (Union, NJ). She earned her doctorate in Holocaust History at Clark University, and has since held fellowships at Hebrew University and Stockton University. Adara has served as Education Director for the Vancouver Holocaust Education Center. She received the Marsid Foundation Prize at the 2016 Western Canada Jewish Book Awards. Dr. Goldberg’s book, Holocaust Survivors in Canada: Exclusion, Inclusion, Transformation, 1947–1955, represented the first comprehensive analysis of the resettlement and integration experiences of 35,000 Holocaust survivors and their families in postwar Canada. Adara's current research projects explore the phenomenon of post-genocidal familial reconstruction, and the role of national apologies in collective memory.
Dr. Joanna Sliwa is Historian at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference). Her own research focuses on the Holocaust in Poland and on Polish Jewish history. Joanna has taught at Kean University and Rutgers University, and served as an educator in teacher training programs on the Holocaust. She has worked as a researcher, translator, and consultant for projects ranging from academic texts to websites, films, TV programs, and exhibits. Joanna’s first book, Jewish Childhood in Kraków: A Microhistory of the Holocaust will be published by Rutgers University Press in fall 2021. The book has received the 2020 Ernst Fraenkel Prize from the Wiener Holocaust Library. Joanna is working on a new book, Counterfeit Countess: The Jewish Mathematician Who Rescued Poles during the Holocaust, co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth (Barry) White, a senior historian at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Jody Spiegel is the Director of the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program at the Azrieli Foundation. After Osgoode Law School, Jody joined the program at its inception and has worked with her team to publish over 115 survivor stories including many award-winning publications. She is the Executive Producer of Re:Collection, an interactive experience that invites users to explore the first-hand accounts of Holocaust survivors and the Azrieli Series of Short Films, which features stories and animated excerpts from memoirs written by Canadian Holocaust survivors. Jody has been a Canadian delegate of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) since 2014, representing Canadian expertise in areas of pedagogy, first person accounts and Holocaust distortion in the classroom. She will chair the Education Working Group of the IHRA in 2022.
He Wanted to Save Them All: Canadian Jewish Soldiers Who Liberated Europe
Ellin Bessner & Bob Delson
From Canada, there were over a million men in uniform, including 17,000 Jewish soldiers, who helped liberate the Jews of Europe, rescued the survivors of the camps and the ghettos and the hidden children, and also worked after the war to reunite many with their families around the world, including here in Canada. For the tiny wartime Jewish community of Canada, the Second World War was what the prime minister of the day, Mackenzie King, called a “Double Threat”: he said Hitler was not only dangerous to freedom and democracy, but was a threat to the very survival of the Jewish people as a race. And for the 17,000 Canadian Jewish soldiers who went to help fight Hitler, the war posed a great personal danger, should the Nazis capture them.
Ellin Bessner is a journalist, a professor at Centennial College Journalism School in Toronto, and the author of “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War II”. Ellin has spent eight years researching and interviewing over 300 Jewish WWII veterans and their families, to tell the untold stories of how and why Canada’s Jewish community mobilized to defeat Hitler and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust.
Bob Delson is the son of Canadian veteran and liberator of Bergen-Belsen, Bernard Delson. Bob possesses an extensive collection of his father's photographs from WWII, which have only now been revealed publicly. He also has a personally gifted, signed yellow Jewish Star from the striped uniform of one of the 60,000 prisoners that were liberated. The black and white photos from Bergen-Belsen show mass graves, bodies in shrouds before burial, and one shows a sign indicating the location of mass grave #7.
The Intergenerational Transmission of Resilience in Children & Grandchildren of Survivors
Dr. Yonit Hoffman
Generously sponsored by Anette & Larry Goldstein
This presentation centers on how survivors’ strengths and “resilient identities” can arise from trauma and be carried through the generations. She will discuss how her clinical work with Holocaust survivors and descendants, as well as her own family’s history, have informed and shaped her research and understanding of this “intergenerational transmission of resilience.” Research on vulnerabilities and strengths of 2Gs & 3Gs, including the concept of epi-genetics and “post-traumatic growth” will be discussed. Dr. Hoffman’s interdisciplinary research with linguist Judith Kaplan-Weinger developed a paradigm of Individual, Relational and Collective facets of resilient identity evident in the narratives of survivors and descendants. Excerpts will be shared which illustrate how these types of resilience are transmitted through shared stories and shared attributes. If time allows, there will be an interactive exercise to consider one’s own resilient identity, possible inter-generational origins, and how such strengths may be carried forward to future generations.
Dr. Yonit Hoffman is the Director of Holocaust Community Services (HCS) at CJE SeniorLife in Chicago, IL. She oversees all program development and service provision for nearly 2,000 Holocaust survivors, supervises clinical, care management and administrative staff, and provides direct services and support groups for survivors and their families. She has served as a key facilitator in establishing community partnerships to build resources and capacity to support survivors. Dr. Hoffman has conducted numerous national and community education and trainings for professionals, lay leaders and caregivers on person-centered, trauma-informed care and the special needs of aging Holocaust survivors. Dr. Hoffman received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. Her clinical research included studies on resilience and identity in Holocaust survivors and their descendants, which she has presented and published both nationally and internationally. Dr. Hoffman is a second and third generation descendant of Holocaust survivors and victims.
Trauma-Informed Practice with Aging Survivors
After the Holocaust, the majority of survivors rebuilt their lives and became productive members of the communities where they settled. Today, they face new challenges as members of an aging population. The majority are in their eighties and nineties and aging and its associated losses may remind them of their traumatic wartime experiences, triggering feelings of grief, vulnerability, fear, dependency, and helplessness. The goal of this workshop is to enhance attendees’ knowledge about Holocaust Survivors by: Creating awareness about the unique issues they face; Educating about the impact of aging on traumatic memory; Discussing the impact of caregiving responsibilities on 2nd generation descendants; Presenting situations or events that may trigger traumatic memories; Providing practical techniques that enhance survivors’ coping abilities.
Myra Giberovitch is a licensed social worker, educator, therapist, trauma specialist, speaker and author. She started the first community-based social service program for Holocaust Survivors in Canada and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in this area. An inspirational speaker, TEDxMontreal alumna, and media commentator, Myra shares her expertise and experiences about her life’s work with Holocaust Survivors and the lessons they teach across diverse media. Most notably, she is the author of Recovering from Genocidal Trauma: An Information and Practice Guide for Working with Holocaust Survivors (University of Toronto Press, 2014). Myra is also an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at the McGill University School of Social Work, and a member of the Claims Conference & JFNA Webinar Series Committee. She is the daughter of Holocaust Survivors.
Solutions for Modern Manifestations of Antisemitism on Campuses
Hilly Adler, Matthew Berger, Ruth Chitiz, Maiya Edelson & Julia Jassey
Presented by Hillel International, Hillel Ontario & Texas Hillel.
Hilly Adler is a Political Science student at York University and serves as Hillel York’s 2020-2021 President. During his activism combatting campus antisemitism, Hilly has been successful in finding shared values with student groups across religious, cultural, and national lines. In a joint Israeli-Palestinian initiative, Hilly helped establish Bridging the Gap, a student organization that facilitates healthy dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian students.
Matthew Berger is Hillel International's Vice President for Strategic Action Programs and Communications. He oversees programs addressing anti-Semitic incidents, anti-Israel activity and security concerns on college campuses around the world. Matthew works with teams focused on educating and engaging Jewish students and broader campus communities on Israel, anti-Semitism and responding to incidents targeting the Jewish and pro-Israel community. He also oversees all aspects of Hillel’s communications and media strategy, including media relations, and serves as Hillel’s chief spokesman.
Ruth Chitiz is Hillel Ontario's Advocacy Manager for the Toronto campuses. After receiving her Masters degree in Religious Studies at Queen's University, Ruth worked as an academic research assistant in the Queen's School of Religion with a specialization in Islamic Studies. Her work at Hillel Ontario centres on building meaningful and strategic relationships with departmental, faith-based and ethno-cultural communities on campus, as well as bringing thoughtfully curated Israel-focused learning fellowships and programming to both the Jewish and broader student population.
Maiya Edelson is Texas Hillel's Executive Director. As Executive Director, Maiya works closely with students, staff and the broader community to advance Hillel’s work on campus and to inspire every Jewish student to create an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Maiya spent five years with Maryland Hillel as Assistant Director and Director of Educational Engagement, and previously worked as Program Director at Hillel at Davis and Sacramento. In 2015, Hillel International named Maiya a Richard M. Joel Exemplar of Excellence. Maiya holds a Master’s Degree in Experiential Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Columbia University.
Julia Jassey is the co-founder and CEO of Jewish on Campus and co-host of the podcast Jewish Identity Crisis. Julia draws from her distinct background as an American Jewish woman from Mizrahi, Sephardi, and Ashkenazi ancestry as an advocate and activist for the Jewish community. As a second-year student at the University of Chicago studying Political Science and English with a minor in Jewish Studies, Julia hopes to use her experiences to cultivate a specialization in international conflict resolution.
Speaking Across the Divide: Growing Up in the Shadow of the Holocaust
Dr. Noemie Lopian & Derek Niemann
In this program, Dr Noemie Lopian, daughter of Holocaust survivors, and Derek Niemann, grandson of a Nazi SS war criminal, discuss their different experiences in the hope it will stem the tide of Holocaust denialism, educate about antisemitism, and provide relevant lessons for a post-memory generation. Noemie Lopian grew up hardly speaking about the Holocaust, even though both of her parents were Survivors. Derek grew up knowing nothing about his connection to the Holocaust until the age of 49, when he found out, to his shock, that his paternal grandfather Karl Niemann was a Nazi war criminal. Derek uncovered the true story of how his grandfather’s “business” used thousands of slave labourers from concentration camps including Auschwitz, Dachau, Buchenwald and Sachsenhausen. This program aims to provide an insight into the continuing impact and inherited legacies of the Holocaust across generations, exploring the experiences of both victim and perpetrator through memoir extracts, photographs and memories.
Dr. Noemie Lopian is the daughter of Holocaust survivors Dr Ernst Israel Bornstein and Renee Bornstein. Noemie lived in Germany until the age of 13 before moving to Manchester, England. She qualified as a GP and for the last few years has dedicated her time to educating and commemorating the Holocaust, continuing the legacy of her parents. She spent three years translating her father Ernst’s book from German ,Die Lange Nacht ,into English ,The Long Night (The Toby Press: 2016). The Long Night has been featured on BBC radio and television and ITV News, in addition to articles and reviews in The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Express, The Jewish News and The Jewish Chronicle.
Derek Niemann is a freelance writer and editor specializing in natural history and memoirs. In 2012, he interrupted a career writing about bees and butterflies to begin researching and writing a family history story that became A Nazi in the Family, based on the SS grandfather he never knew. Derek is a creative writing tutor at Cambridge University, a nature columnist for The Guardian, a regular magazine feature writer, and edits a magazine for small woodland owners. He considers his Holocaust mission to be among the most important work of his life.
How to Tell Your Parents' Stories
Dori Ekstein, Michelle Glied-Goldstein & Esther Finder
A panel on different approaches 2Gs use to effectively and accurately continue sharing the testimonies of their survivor parents.
Dori Ekstein graduated from York University from the Concurrent Education Program and received a Bachelor of Arts, Specialized Honours in Psychology. Dori has been a Museum Educator at the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre since 2011, where she gives tours of the museum and teaches students about the Holocaust. She is also the past co-Chair of Neuberger’s Signature Holocaust Education Week 2014, 2015 & 2016, a founding member and co-Chair of their Survivor Connexion Committee, and a founding member of their Dialogue for Descendants Committee. In 2015, Dori won a United Jewish Appeal award as Volunteer of the Year for her commitment and dedication to Holocaust Education. In 2018, Dori created her own Holocaust Education Program that shares her father’s oral testimony, which she has presented in many Toronto schools.
Michelle Glied-Goldstein co-founded Carrying Holocaust Testimony from Generation to Generation in 2017, with her father, Holocaust Survivor Bill Glied z”l. Michelle is Vice-President of the Toronto Chapter of Weizmann Canada, co-chair of the Speaker’s Idol committee at Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Centre (FSWC), member of the FSWC Senate, a past docent at the Neuberger Holocaust Centre and past Board member of Bialik Hebrew Day School. Michelle holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.
Esther Toporek Finder is founder and member of the Coordinating Council of Generations of the Shoah International (GSI), founder and President of Generations of the Shoah – Nevada, President of the Holocaust Survivors Group of Southern Nevada and former President of The Generation After in the Washington, DC area. For 27 years, Esther taught psychology at Montgomery College in Maryland where she served on their Speakers Bureau. She has run numerous speaker training workshops for descendants of Holocaust survivors.
American Witnesses: Eyewitness Film Footage at Liberation
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's American Witnesses exhibition presents selections from private films taken by American soldiers who documented the effects of persecution and Nazi atrocities in liberated areas of Europe with their personal movie cameras. A film archivist will discuss how such amateur films complicate, contradict, and add nuance to the official film canon, which has defined how the events of the Holocaust have been visualized in the postwar years.
Lindsay Zarwell has worked as a film archivist at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum since 2000 where she acquires, conserves, and manages historic media. She is particularly focused on collecting and interpreting amateur film collections and preserving the Claude Lanzmann SHOAH archive. She also develops archival strategies and digital workflows for the recorded sound and music collections. Lindsay was instrumental in launching the first web-based catalog with streaming video for public access to Holocaust film footage and continues to advance digital access to historic time-based media collections.
World Federation of Jewish Child Holocaust Survivors of the Holocaust & Descendants Reunion
Stefanie Seltzer, Daisy Miller & Dr. Charles Silow
Led by Child Survivor Speakers, Stefanie Seltzer (President) & Daisy Miller (Vice President); and Second Generation Speaker, Dr. Charles Silow.
This program will review the development and the underlying reasons for the creation of the World Federation, why Child Survivors felt compelled to form an organization that would give them the freedom to speak about their experiences, to give themselves a voice. Child Holocaust Survivors were not thought to have memories of the tragedies that they experienced in their young lives. The World Federation helped create a community, a family, for Child Survivors to come together to express themselves and allow their voices to be heard.
The tremendous impact of the Holocaust has continued to reverberate through the generations. Over the years, the WFJCSHD has grown to accept and integrate Children of Survivors and later, the Third Generation into the organization. The importance of coming together as a family at its’ annual gatherings, has enabled the survivor community to share and learn with one another, and to help enable healing and peace.
Composed and written exclusively by Jewish composers and lyricists.
Performed by Adrienne Haan (Musical Direction and Script); Heinz Walter Florin (grand piano); and the Diplomatic String Quartet Berlin: Matthias Hummel (1st violin); Dr. Felix Klein (2nd violin); Ernst Herzog (viola); Ariane Spiegel (cello).
Sponsored by the German Consulate General in Toronto
Composed and written exclusively by Jewish composers and lyricists, this concert is a musical voyage that starts with the thriving Jewish culture of 1920s Berlin during the Weimar Republic, and ends with music from the Promised Land - Israel.
"Tehorah," which means "pure" in Hebrew, is a heartbreaking, promising musical story about war, loss, hope, love and forgiveness. Sung in German, Yiddish and Hebrew. Performed by Adrienne Haan, Heinz Walter Florin on piano, and the Diplomatic String Quartet Berlin. Filmed at the Chamber Music Hall at the Beethoven House in Bonn, Germany. First performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, the concert commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and encourages peace among all nations.