WEDNESDAY, MAY 5

Programs listed on Eastern Time

8:00am

REPLAY: Opening Performance

TEHORAH טהורה (Hebrew for "Pure")

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.

9:00am

Survivor Lounge: Irene Fainman

Conversation with Holocaust Survivor, Irene Fainman. Interviewed by Tali Nates.

 

Interactive Exhibits

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

Presented by Jakub Nowakowski, director of the Galicia Jewish Museum. In 1945 a Soviet doctor found a school notebook in the liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau Camp. It was a diary written by the teenaged Rywka Lipszyc in the Łódź Ghetto between October 1943 and April 1944 — the testament of an orthodox Jewish girl who lost her siblings and parents, but never lost hope despite moments of doubt. More than 60 years after its discovery, the diary traveled to the United States, where it was translated from Polish, supplemented with commentaries and published in book form. Rywka Lipszyc’s diary, a moving memoir of life and adolescence in the Łódź Ghetto, has become a starting point for the Girl in the Diary. Searching for Rywka from the Łódź ghetto exhibition created by the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, Poland. Since then the exhibition was presented across Poland and beyond, in the USA, South Africa and Ireland. Jakub Nowakowski, director of the Galicia Jewish Museum and co-curator of the exhibition will speak about Rywka Lipszyc, the story of her diary and research that led to creation of this unique exhibition.

Virtual Tour of Auschwitz

Presented by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum

See the Arbeit Macht Frei gate, walk towards the main exhibition halls, listen to explanations on the extermination process, see belongings of murdered Jews, and walk through the building of the gas chamber and crematorium.

10:00am

Survivor Lounge: Elly Gotz

Conversation with Holocaust Survivor, Elly Gotz. Interviewed by Dori Ekstein

3G Descendant Small Group Discussion

"What We Have Learned from our Bubbies and our Zaidies"

Facilitated by Dr. Charles Silow

Interactive Exhibits

Stolpersteine (Stumbling Stones): Stories through Generations

Sponsored by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Toronto, Stolpersteine (stumbling stones) is a remembrance project by German artist Gunter Demnig that has gained continuous international attention ever since founded in 1996. The 10 x 10 cm concrete blocks with brass plating commemorate all victims of Nazi Germany and are today the largest decentralized monument in the world. Every Stolperstein focuses on individual tragedies, on names, families and their destiny; destinies and stories that will not be forgotten when we continue telling them. The virtual exhibition titled Stolpersteine. Stories through Generations is a project by the German Consulate General Toronto and the first of its kind as it aims to bring the stories of several Canadian families alive through the strong narrative of audio interviews and private family images. In partnership with Ryerson University in Toronto, this interactive exhibition aims to create an interactive website utilizing cutting-edge digital storytelling technology that will enable use across platforms including smartphones and iPads. The goal is to preserve the memory for future generations as well as to act as a starting and access point for further education and discussion through audios (interviews) and images. The oral histories provide glimpses that cannot be obtained from documents or written records. They enlarge and supplement the cultural and historical archive with intimate personal memories and documents. These testimonies reclaim a lost world with a critical distance.

11:00am

Breakout Sessions

Writing Survival, Writing History: The Holocaust in Hungary

Nina Munk, Ferenc Laczo & Dr. Max Eisen

In a conversation moderated by the prize-winning journalist Nina Munk, survivor Dr. Max Eisen and professor Ferenc Laczó discuss the causes, unfolding, and consequences of the Holocaust in Hungary. Drawing on his acclaimed memoir, By Chance Alone, Mr. Eisen offers a firsthand account of a childhood upended and the resilience required to survive Auschwitz while Dr. Laczó, author of Hungarian Jews in the Age of Genocide, situates the so-called Last Chapter of the Holocaust amidst historiographic controversies. How do memoirist survivors of the Holocaust relate to interpretations by historians? How do memoirs by Holocaust survivors impact the way we write history?

Nina Munk is a journalist and author whose articles have appeared in The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, and many other publications. She is the author or co-author of four books, most recently The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty. She is also the editor of How it Happened: Documenting the Tragedy of Hungarian Jewry. Currently, as the John and Constance Birkelund Fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, Ms. Munk is working on work of narrative nonfiction about how her family survived the Holocaust in Hungary.

Ferenc Laczó is an assistant professor with tenure at the Department of History, Maastricht University. He is the author of several books and co-editor, most recently, of The Routledge History Handbook of Central and Eastern Europe in the Twentieth Century. Volume 3: Intellectual Horizons (London: Routledge, 2020). His writings have appeared in twelve languages and been reviewed in over thirty publications.

Dr. Max Eisen was born on March 15, 1929 in Moldava nad Bodvou, Slovakia. He is an author, public speaker and Holocaust educator. He travels throughout Canada giving talks about his experiences as a concentration camp survivor, to students, teachers, universities, law enforcement personnel, and the community at large. He has worked with the March of the Living, the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). Max has been an active participant on the March of the Living, where he has gone back to Auschwitz-Birkenau  with thousands of students, 18 times. In 2015-2016, Max testified in Germany at the trial of two former SS guards at Auschwitz: Reinhold Hanning and Oskar Gröning. Both were convicted at their trials.

Intergenerational Transmission of Resilience and Vulnerabilities:

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

Dr. Irit Felsen

 

When I was originally invited to speak at this event, I planned to speak about resilience and vulnerabilities in Holocaust offspring.  The coronavirus pandemic prevented us from meeting as we had planned, and created unprecedented circumstances that tested us all over the past year.  My talk this time will focus on the reactions of children (and grandchildren) of Holocaust survivors to the events of the past year, demonstrating the ways in which our Holocaust background has influenced our experiences during this trying time, and how particular resilience and vulnerabilities associated with our unique legacy have been activated in response to the coalescing social, political and financial crises that took place alongside the global pandemic.  This talk will review the empirical findings from my research, conducted between July-October 2020, and also the observations from multiple interactive online webinars in which over 3000 children of survivors have participated since March 2020.

Dr. Irit Felsen  is a clinical psychologist specializing in trauma and traumatic loss with a focus on Holocaust survivors and their descendants. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Felsen is the Chair of the American Psychological Association Interdivision COVID-19 Task Force, and the Co-Chair of the Trauma Working Group of the NGO Committee on Mental Health in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. She is also a board member of the Holocaust Council of Metro West, a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and a researcher with the Yale University Trauma Study Group, where she served as principal investigator in a study about trauma, PTSD, and psychosis in chronically hospitalized psychiatric patients who were Holocaust survivors. Her work on this study was published in a book Psychoanalysis and Holocaust Testimony: Memories of Unwanted Social Trauma, by Routledge's Relational Psychoanalysis series (2017). Her recent research on the reactions of offspring of survivors to the COVID-19 pandemic is being currently published by the Journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, Policy and the Journal of American Orthopsychiatry. Dr. Felsen published in the International Handbook of Multigenerational Legacies of Trauma, the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology (now Journal of Psychoanalysis, Self and Context), Psychoanalytic Psychology, and others.

Holocaust Memory & the Future: How Can You Help?

Sharon Buenos

The Holocaust happened more than 70 years ago. As the opportunity for survivors’ first-hand testimonies diminish, preserving the memory of the Holocaust is more critical than ever. Join us to learn about new and engaging ways to share the memory of the Holocaust and what you can do to contribute.

Sharon Buenos is the Global Director for Zikaron BaSalon. Zikaron BaSalon is a social initiative that takes place around the world on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). Literally meaning "remembrance in the living room" in Hebrew, the idea was born out of the understanding that modern society’s connection with the memory of the Holocaust has significantly deteriorated. Alongside formal events, Zikaron BaSalon offers a new, meaningful and intimate way to commemorate this day and address its implications through discussions at home among family, friends and guests. It is a unique and authentic tradition of people gathering together to open their hearts to the stories of the survivors, sing, think, read, talk, and most importantly—listen.

12:00pm

A Conversation with Elisha Wiesel & Lisa LaFlamme

“My father never forgot. The things he saw stayed with him all the days of his life. He lived to speak of them to me, and to my children. My father was a witness.” - Elisha Wiesel

 

Elisha Wiesel is the only child of Holocaust survivor, professor, author, and Nobel Laureate, Elie Wiesel. In this program, Elisha will reflect on the legacy passed onto him by his father, who is often referred to as "the witness for the 6-million murdered Jews." A successful American businessman, Elisha has organized fundraisers for Good Shepherd Services, an after-school program charity in Brooklyn, since 2013; participated in the March of the Living; spoken at many relevant venues including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Museum of Jewish Heritage; and spoken out against various global human rights violations. 

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Lisa LaFlamme is the Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor of "CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme." She has interviewed Bill Gates, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Prince Harry, and more. Lisa has covered every Canadian Federal election since 1997, every Olympics since 2008, and both recent Royal Weddings at Buckingham Palace. In addition to multiple awards for broadcasting and journalism, Lisa has received an honorary doctorate (University of Ottawa), and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree (Wilfrid Laurier University & University of Windsor). She is the recipient of the Order of Ontario, was awarded the Distinguished Canadian Award from the University of Ottawa, and was named Officer of the Order of Canada (O.C.). Lisa mentors young journalists living in conflict zones as a volunteer for Journalists for Human Rights, travels to remote areas to promote child rights and end poverty as an ambassador of PLAN International, and advances educational opportunities for Afghan women with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.

1:00pm

Love & Sex Across Holocaust Generations

Dr. Eva Fogelman & Esther Perel

How past traumatic experiences affect new intimate relations from therapists, experienced in working with Holocaust families. 

 

Sexual and emotional violation of men and women was rampant during the Holocaust. Being stripped, shaved and forced to parade in the nude were just some of many dehumanizing acts in concentration camps. Women were subjected to various forms of rape in the camps, in the woods, and by liberators. Men were also forced to perform sexual acts in order to survive. After the Holocaust, survivors began new intimate relationships and marriages. In many Holocaust survivor families there was silence about sexuality, previous marriages and children. How did past traumatic experiences affect these new love relations? What messages did children and grandchildren of survivors receive and how did this impact their own intimate relations? Join Esther Perel and Dr. Eva Fogelman, who will draw from their experiences in working with Holocaust families to explore these deeply personal and important issues. 

Dr. Eva Fogelman, PhD, is a pioneer in the field of group therapy for multi-generational Holocaust survivors. She is a psychologist in private practice in New York City who specializes in treating generations of the Holocaust and related historical traumas. Eva's subjects of research include post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological impacts of the Holocaust on Survivors (including Child Survivors) and second & third generation descendants of Survivors. Eva's research has also focused on morality, altruism, persecution, and coping with extreme conditions of terror including sexual abuse, and she specializes is assisting couples and families in complicated relationships. Eva is currently working on a book titled "Living with Ghosts: Post-Holocaust Generations Mourn."

Psychotherapist and New York Times bestselling author Esther Perel is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. Fluent in nine languages, she helms a therapy practice in New York City and serves as an organizational consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered more than 20 million views and her international bestseller Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence became a global phenomenon translated into 25 languages. Her newest book is the New York Times bestseller The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity (HarperCollins). Esther is also an executive producer and host of the popular podcast Where Should We Begin?

2:00pm

How Being a 3G has Impacted My Life

Brooke Goldstein, Tamir Goodman & Rob Rinder

The personal journeys of grandchildren of Holocaust survivors and the inspirational intergenerational connections that inspired them

Brooke Goldstein is a New York City-based human rights attorney, author, and award-winning filmmaker. She serves as Executive Director of The Lawfare Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about and facilitating a response to the abuse of Western legal systems and human rights law. Brooke is also the founder and director of the Children’s Rights Institute (CRI), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to track, spotlight, and legally combat violations of children’s basic human rights around the world. CRI has a special focus on the state-sponsored indoctrination and recruitment of children to become suicide-homicide bombers, child soldiers, and human shields. Brooke’s award-winning documentary film, The Making of a Martyr, uncovers the illegal, state-sponsored indoctrination and recruitment of Palestinian children for suicide-homicide attacks. Brooke is a regular commentator on FOX News and has been featured in several media, including CNN, The New York Sun, Swindle Magazine, Defense Technology International, and on WABC News Talk Radio.

Tamir Goodman, dubbed by Sports Illustrated magazine as the "Jewish Jordan", is a former American-Israeli basketball player. After playing basketball for the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore in 11th grade, he was ranked 25th-best high school player in the country, with an average of 35.4 points per game. He accepted a scholarship from Towson University. Goodman then moved to Israel and signed a 3-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2002. He played for Giv'at Shmuel for the 2002–03 season and Elitzur Kiryat Ata in the 2003–04 season. He returned to Giva't Shmuel for the 2005–06 season. In this program, Tamir Goodman will share three stories from his personal journey as a Jewish professional basketball player and how he overcame three challenges throughout his career in using inspiration from the life of his grandmother, who raised him. 

Rob Rinder is a barrister turned writer and broadcaster.  In 2014, while still a practicing Barrister, he began starring in his reality court show Judge Rinder, now in it’s 8th series; and uses his legal knowledge working in the media to make the law more accessible and understandable to the public regularly appearing on shows such as This Morning and Good Morning Britain. Alongside Judge Rinder, Rob has also presented shows including Judge Rinder’s Crime Stories and The Rob Rinder Verdict as well as hosting his own BBC Radio 5Live series Raising the Bar aiming to demystify the legal system. His participation in series 15 of Who Do You Think You Are? retraced the story of his Holocaust survivor Grandfather and received critical acclaim. Following this Rob embarked on an emotional journey exploring further his own family’s Holocaust stories resulting in a 2-part documentary My Family, the Holocaust and Me. Along with his screen work Rob has published Rinder’s Rules which provides a thorough guide to everyday legal issues including sections on jargon-busting, consumer rights and common mistakes. He is also a columnist for The Sun and the London Evening Standard newspapers.

3:00pm

Breakout Sessions

Holocaust Refugee Voices Testimony

Michael Newman & Dr. Bea Lewkowicz

 

Michael Newman is Chief Executive of the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), which represents and supports Holocaust refugees and survivors in Great Britain. A previous Chair of the Communications Working Group, he is a member of the UK delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA).As well as being an advisor on Holocaust-era restitution issues, guiding Holocaust survivors and refugees, and their families, with applications for compensation and the recovery of Holocaust era assets, he worked with the UK government to create the position of UK Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues and now advises incumbent Lord Eric Pickles. He also advises Lord Pickles on a number of Holocaust related issues.

Dr. Bea Lewkowicz is a social anthropologist and oral historian and is the director of the AJR Refugee Voices Testimony Archive. She is a member of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, School of Advanced Study, University pf London. Her research interests include oral history; trauma and memory; diasporas and displacement; and nationalism and ethnicity. She has worked on many oral history projects and has directed and produced a wide range of testimony-based films. She has also curated several exhibitions, such as ‘Continental Britons’, ‘Double Exposure’, ‘Sephardi Voices’, and most recently ‘Still in Our Hands: Kinder Life Portraits’.

Belonging DIfferently:

Queer Identities Among the 2nd & 3rd Generations

Jacob Evoy, Wendy Oberlander, Madelaine Zadik & Golan Moskowitz

Belonging Differently will explore how we, as LGBTQ descendants of survivors, narrate our parents' and grandparents’ stories, integrating our inheritance of their experiences as we fashion authentic identities of our own. We will share experiences of recognizing and nurturing queer identities mixed in with family life that was marked by the horrific imprint of the Shoah.  We will also look at the ways we navigate the joys and burdens of multiple identities that often set us apart in social, economic and religious contexts - personal sensibilities that can lead to a more inclusive understanding of the ‘other'.

Jacob Evoy (they/them/their) is a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Ontario completing a collaborative degree in Women's Studies and Feminist Research, and Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. Their doctoral research project is an oral history of LGBTQ+ children of Holocaust survivors entitled "Queering the Post-Holocaust Experience: An Oral History of LGBTQ+ Children of Holocaust Survivors." Their research interests include: Holocaust and genocide studies, memory and memorialization, LGBTQ+ history, and queer theory. They have recently published a short piece in the Association of Jewish Studies' magazine Perspectives entitled "LGBTQ Children of Holocaust Survivors" 

Interdisciplinary artist Wendy Oberlander’s work explores the hidden, working with materials and methods that stimulate both the sensory and the cultural imagination. Her work has been exhibited across North America and Europe in museums, galleries, public spaces, and cinemas. Award-winning films Nothing to be written here and Still (Stille) trace Oberlander’s inheritance of her parents’ war-time experiences. A long-time educator, Oberlander has curated numerous projects addressing identity, the archive, and memory. Past projects have been generously supported by the Canada Council, BC Arts Council, National Film Board and the Fulbright Scholars Program, among many others. 

Golan Moskowitz is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Catherine and Henry J. Gaisman Faculty Fellow at Tulane University, where he teaches courses on Jewish gender and sexuality, American pop culture, Holocaust studies, and comics and graphic novels. He is the author of Wild Visionary: Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context (Stanford University Press, 2020) and of several publications on intergenerational memory in post-Holocaust family narratives. Golan's work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, and the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry.

Madelaine Zadik is a daughter of two Holocaust survivors. She is part of a group of Jewish Lesbian Daughters of Holocaust Survivors that formed in the 1980s. She is currently at work on a memoir about her relationship with her Aunt Helga, whom she never knew except through letters Helga wrote from prison in Nazi Germany. Her essay “Helga is With Me in New Mexico” (an excerpt from her memoir) appeared in DoveTales: An International Journal of the Arts. Her essay “Triumph,” forthcoming in Being Home: An Essay Anthology, addresses issues of the “Holocaust as home.”

4:00pm

Survivor Lounge: Ben Lesser

Conversation with Holocaust Survivor, Ben Lesser. Interviewed by Gail Lesser-Gerber.

2G Descendant Small Group Discussion

"Being a 2G: Burden or Legacy?"

Facilitated by Shoshana Yaakobi

5:00pm

Interactive Exhibits

Exploring Testimony through Art

Presented by David Jon Kassan

This exhibit will explore testimony through art with internationally acclaimed artist, David Kassan. Over the past six years, David has been painting life-size portraits of Holocaust survivors, preserving their stories through this unique and indelible format. During the program, David will sketch a Holocaust survivor  in real-time and answer questions about his creative process, his experience with survivors, and the motivation behind his work. David Jon Kassan (born 1977 in Little Rock, Arkansas) is a contemporary American painter best known for his life-size representational figure paintings. Kassan currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New  Mexico, and teaches painting classes and workshops at various institutions around the world.

6:00pm

Interactive Exhibits

The Future of Survivor Communities

Presented by Generations of the Shoah International

Generations of The Shoah International is a worldwide network of children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, linked together with the common goals of preserving and honoring our legacy, sharing resources and programming ideas, providing emotional support to our members, and tackling issues of mutual interest. GSI invites all descendants to attend this unique gathering. Led by Esther Toporek Finder, Founder of GSI, and Ken Engel, Coordinating Council Member for GSI.

Preserving Holocaust History through Artifacts

Presented by USHMM

How does the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum preserve the memory of the Holocaust in the decades to come?  To ensure the history is not forgotten, the USHMM actively acquires original artifacts, documents, correspondence, photographs and films.  Once the eyewitness generation has passed, the carefully preserved and cataloged artifacts will remain as incontrovertible evidence of the Nazi atrocities committed against the victims of the Holocaust. The USHMM is committed to making this evidence available for generations to come. 

 

Presented by Kassandra LaPrade Seuthe, an acquisitions curator within the National Institute for Holocaust Documentation at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Working alongside a team of dedicated colleagues, Kassandra identifies, researches, and acquires the object and documentary record of the Holocaust for the Museum’s permanent collection. Bringing German language expertise and a background in Holocaust and 20th century European history, Kassandra has contributed to prior Museum exhibitions including "Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity and the Holocaust (2013–2017)." Kassandra is committed to collecting the irrefutable evidence of the Holocaust so that it may be preserved and made accessible for future generations.

7:00pm

Antisemitism: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

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

Dr. Marcy B. Gringlas is the Co-Founder and President of Seed The Dream Foundation (STDF). STDF is committed to working with schools, organizations and programs that empower people of all ages through education. STDF's three core focus areas are: Educational Access (Advancing academic achievement through high-quality education in underserved communities in the United States, Israel, and Africa); Educational Awareness (Meaningfully integrating lessons on contemporary anti-Semitism into Holocaust Education, and empowering Holocaust Survivors to maintain their dignity during their later years of life); and Educational Engagement (Fostering positive and meaningful life-long connections with Israel through education and engagement). Dr. Gringlas currently serves on the USC Shoah Foundation's Board of Councilors. She was previously a board member of the Anti-Defamation League (and Chair of its Bearing Witness Program), The Baldwin School, Steppingstone Scholars, Inc., and Children’s Crisis Treatment Center. Dr. Gringlas also served as a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information on STDF, please visit www.seedthedream.org.

Hannah M. Lessing is the Secretary General of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism. Hannah heads the General Settlement Fund and the Fund for the Restoration of the Jewish Cemeteries in Austria, is Co-Head of the Austrian delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), and represents Austria on the International Committee of the Auschwitz Foundation & Member of the Board of the Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance. Hannah participated in the negotiations on compensation issues conducted by Under-Secretary of State Stuart Eizenstat, which led to the signature of the Joint Statement in Washington, and the establishment of the General Settlement Fund for Victims of National Socialism. Hannah has lectured extensively on the work of the three Funds, as well as in connection with national and international commemoration activities regarding the Holocaust.

Marilyn Sinclair is the Founder of Liberation75: Global Gathering of Holocaust Survivors, Descendants, Educators and Friends. Marilyn is the Past Chair of the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre (Toronto), Co-Founder and past Co-Chair of the Dialogue for Descendants (D4D) initiative for children of Holocaust survivors, and past Co-Chair of UJA Federation’s Yom HaShoah Committee and is on the board of Canadian Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants (CJHSD). She is also a member of the Next Generation Council of the USC Shoah Foundation and the NGC Task Force. In May 2017, she was appointed as one of two Canadian representatives to the Claims Conference Board and is a member of the Control Committee. In 2016, she chaired the first Canadian Study Group to Poland for Forum for Dialogue. She holds a B.Sc. and MA and is a graduate of the Rotman School of Management Jewish Communal Leadership program. Marilyn is CEO of All About Words and Secretariat Central. She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs by Profit Magazine and her company was named “Best of the Best” by Prism Magazine. She was recently awarded the BMO Celebrating Women: Community and Charitable Giving Award and the Community Volunteer Award (UJA Federation of Greater Toronto).

Viviane Teitelbaum is a member of the Regional Parliament of Brussels since 2004, where she  is active in social and health affairs, environment, gender equality and the fight against racism, antisemitism, sexism, and homophobia. As former Deputy to the Mayor in the municipality of Ixelles, she was in charge of urban planning, environment, economic development, and public cleaning. In charge of finances for 5 years she has implemented the first gender budgeting in a Belgian municipality. She is the past President of the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) elected in that position from 2012 to 2016 and of the French Council of Women in Belgium that she chaired from 2010 to 2018. She is currently the cofounder and chair of the Observatory of Violence Against Women. She holds a licence in Journalism from ULB (Brussels) and a Master’s degree in International Relations, from the University of Southern California (USA). She is a writer who has published ten books (including on Antisemitism and World War II), and is co-author of different collective publications and books (including a Glossary of feminism).