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Holocaust Education Week 2017: Featured Programs

The Neuberger is proud to present a thoughtfully curated selection of featured programs exploring Pivotal Moments that have shaped our understanding of the Holocaust. Please note that due to the high volume of interest, we have implemented free advanced online registration for a selection of programs. To avoid disappointment, we recommend registering early. The registration link can be found within the applicable program description.

Thursday, November 2

In the Shadow of The Reich: Reflections on a Familial Legacy

In a thought provoking discussion, Niklas Frank, son of the notorious Governor General of Nazi-occupied Poland, Hans Frank (1900–1946), reveals his thoughts on his father’s guilt and responsibility in the Holocaust. He speaks openly and candidly about his father’s involvement in the crimes as well as his mother Brigitte Frank’s embrace of the power and privilege. Hans Frank was the personal lawyer to Adolf Hitler and subsequently appointed to accomplish the Nazi regime’s goals in occupied Poland. He was responsible for the mass relocation of the Polish Jewish population to ghettos as well as their deportation to concentration camps. Found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the Nuremberg Trials, on October 1, 1946; Hans Frank was executed by hanging fifteen days later. In conversation with broadcast journalist Caryn Lieberman, Niklas Frank explores the pivotal moments in coming to terms with a familial past that is intertwined with the crimes of National Socialism.

Niklas Frank was a young child when Hitler appointed his father Governor-General of Nazi-occupied Poland. He was seven years old when his father was found guilty and executed in 1946. Following a distinguished career in Germany as a journalist, Niklas set out to uncover, and reveal the truth about his father’s role in the Holocaust. Using primary source material including his father’s diaries, archival material, witness testimonies as well as his personal memories, Niklas Frank authored several books dealing with his familial past including In the Shadow of the Reich (1991) and was the subject of the documentary What Our Father’s Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015), an intimate and haunting account of two families’ attempts to deal with their past. As part of the HEW 2017 Featured Film Series, the Neuberger will screen What Our Father’s Did. 

Caryn Lieberman is the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors with a deep and abiding commitment to increasing awareness and knowledge about the Shoah. In 2011, Caryn was awarded the Adrienne Clarkson Award for Diversity for her one-hour special on CP24 that featured Neuberger Holocaust Education Week. Caryn currently works at Global News Toronto.

CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) service provided at this event.

Opening Night is generously sponsored by Joel & Myra York and family in loving memory of Sarah and Chaim Neuberger z”l.

Thursday, 2 November, 7:30 PM
Adath Israel Synagogue
37 Southbourne Avenue, Toronto
416–635–5340


Friday, November 3

Bay Street Breakfast for Young Professionals: Mein Kampf in the Public Domain

In response to Mein Kampf (1925) entering the public domain, Munich’s Institute for Contemporary History produced a 2,000-page, two volume critical edition to dispel the myth and counteract the antisemitic contents of the original version. The resulting text contains approximately 3,500 annotations and is intended to lend criticism and context to the edition. Join Dr. Roman Töppel, co-editor of the scholarly edition, for an insightful look into how and why this new publication came about, and what it means to counteract one of the most notorious texts in the public domain.

RSVP to Stikeman Elliott Events at SEvents@stikeman.com.

Space is limited for this event. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the location and final details of the event. If you have not registered for the event ahead of time, nor received an e-mail confirmation, you will unfortunately not be granted access to the event.

Friday, 3 November | 7:30 AM
Address provided upon confirmation of registration.


Neuberger Lunch & Learn: Why Publish a Critical Edition of Mein Kampf?

In October 1945, in front of news cameras, American military officials melted down the lead type used to print Mein Kampf (1925), Adolf Hitler’s antisemitic manifesto. In a symbolic gesture, the metal was recast to produce page plates for the first postwar German newspaper printed in the U.S. occupation zone. At midnight on December 31, 2015, Mein Kampf’s international copyright expired and the text entered the public domain. Dr. Roman Töppel was co-editor of the German-language scholarly edition of Mein Kampf (2017), developed by the Institut für Zeitgeschichte (Institute for Contemporary History) in response. German scholars and politicians faced a pivotal moment in coming to terms with the country’s past—how to deal with one of the foundational texts of National Socialism now that Hitler’s antisemitic writing was no longer restricted by copyright laws. Töppel dispels the myths and misconceptions behind the original text and describes the process behind creating a critical edition.

Light lunch provided. Space is limited. Registration required. RSVP to Kaley Green at kgreen@foglers.com. Without registration admission will not be permitted.

THIS PROGRAM IS NOW FULL. Please be advised that entrance will only be permitted to those who are registered.
Friday, 3 November | 12:00 PM
Fogler, Rubinoff LLP
TD Centre North Tower | Suite 3000
77 King Street West | Toronto


The USC Shoah Foundation and the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre: Providing Transformative Learning Tools for Today’s Learners

Join HEW 2017 Educator-in-Residence Dr. Kori Street as she shares insights into the USC Shoah Foundation’s innovative developments in using recorded Holocaust survivor testimonies to engage new generations of learners. Examining such tools as the IWitness platform, New Dimensions in Testimony, the Canadian Collection of the Visual History Archive and other projects, Kori discusses how the ongoing partnership with the Neuberger offers students and teachers unprecedented access not only to leading edge technology, but to pedagogically effective methods.

Keynote will be followed by an interactive Q & A.

Light lunch provided; kashruth observed. This program is designed for Jewish community professionals and educators; open to the general public (adults).

Attendance by advance registration only: please call 416–635–2883 × 5153 or email neuberger@ujafed.org. Limited space available.

HEW 2017 Educator-in-Residence is generously sponsored by Robin & Eran Hayeems.

Friday, 3 November | 12:30 PM
Prosserman JCC | Room 123
4588 Bathurst Street | Toronto
416–635–2883 × 5153


Saturday, November 4

Living Room Witnesses: The Holocaust on American Television

Over the course of the second half of the 20th century, the Holocaust became a powerful presence in the North American moral landscape. Perhaps more than any other source, television has played a leading role in forging this remarkable relationship, given both the scope of the medium’s many presentations on this subject to mass audiences and the distinctive nature of how people watch television.

Illustrated with clips from American telecasts that originally aired between the 1950s to the 1990s, HEW 2017 Scholar-in-Residence Professor Jeffrey Shandler considers the different ways that the medium of television has enabled people in North America to feel that they are morally charged witnesses to one of the most disturbing chapters of history. Examples include excerpts from early documentaries, popular weekly drama series and news reports. After his lecture, Shandler is joined by Adam Nayman, film critic at The Globe and Mail and documentary film instructor at Ryerson’s School of Journalism, to discuss the nuances of visualizing the Holocaust.

Advanced registration strongly recommended. Reserve your spots at livingroomwitnesseshew2017.eventbrite.ca.

HEW 2017 Scholar-in-Residence is generously sponsored by the Cohen Family Charitable Trust.

Saturday, 4 November | 7:30 PM
Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre | Al Green Theatre
750 Spadina Avenue | Toronto | 416–924–6211


Sunday, November 5

Dialogue for Descendants: “D4D” Symposium for Children of Holocaust Survivors

The second annual symposium exclusively for children of Holocaust survivors (and/or their partners) is a forum for education, discussion and engagement. From childhood into adulthood, the children of survivors continue to experience pivotal moments in exploring their personal narratives in response to this shared tragic history. Featuring two keynote speakers, lectures, workshops and discussion sessions, participants will consider different perspectives on their experiences as the children of those who survived the Holocaust.
The symposium opens with a keynote address from Martin Himel, television director, producer and senior correspondent. Martin Himel has produced television series, ground-breaking documentaries and news coverage for major national and international broadcasters. He illustrates his talk with short clips from his most recent documentary, Secrets of Survival (2017).

The program concludes with a presentation from Helen Epstein, author of several books of literary non-fiction, including the ground-breaking Children of the Holocaust (1979), one of the first books to examine the inter-generational transmission of trauma. It was a pivotal moment for children of survivors who finally had text to validate their own experiences. Its sequel, Where She Came From: A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother’s History (1997), reconstructs her own matrilineal history across two centuries and an extinct civilization. Now a grandmother, she will look back over 50 years of research and thinking about issues pertinent to the children of Holocaust survivors.

Cost: $54 (includes all program fees). Advance registration required at d4dhew2017.eventbrite.ca.

**Registration deadline extended until October 31.

Sunday, 5 November | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Joe and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus
Leo & Sala Goldhar Conference & Celebration Centre
9600 Bathurst Street | Vaughan | 416–635–2883 × 5301 (information only)

The Dialogue for Descendants’ Symposium is generously sponsored by Honey & Barry Sherman, Apotex Foundation. They are proud to support the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in their important work towards making the world a better place.


Legacy Symposium for Young Professionals

The eighth annual symposium features engaging workshops that invite participants in their 20s and 30s to explore different pivotal moments that have shaped this generation’s understanding of the Holocaust. Sessions will address the topic by presenting innovative research, thoughtprovoking discussions, survivor engagement and new media. Presenters include HEW 2017 Scholar–in–Residence Professor Jeffrey Shandler, Dr. Roman Töppel, Matthew Shoychet director of the documentary The Last Nazi Trials (2018), Lakehead University’s Professor Valerie Hébert and more special guests.

In honour of Canada 150, this year’s Legacy Symposium keynote presentation will explore the experiences of individuals who fled war-torn countries to find refuge in Toronto. Panelists include a Holocaust survivor, a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide and a recently-arrived Syrian refugee. They will discuss their immigration and integration into Canadian society sharing challenges, successes and achievements. Through these themes, the audience will gain a more fulsome understanding of how Canada has transformed since the late 1940s into the diverse multicultural country it is today. Now, more than ever, it is important to hear these messages of hope and positivity as their stories compel us to reflect on our roles as active Canadian citizens.
A symposium for people in their 20s and 30s.

The program is free of charge. Light lunch will be served; Kashruth observed. Registration required.

Register online at legacysymposiumhew2017.eventbrite.ca.


Co-presented by University of Toronto's Centre for Jewish Studies. 
The Legacy Symposium is generously sponsored by Honey & Barry Sherman, Apotex Foundation. They are proud to support the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in their important work towards making the world a better place. The reception is generously sponsored by Sylvia & Edward Fisch in honour of their children and grandchildren: Sherri, Darryl, Michelle, Randall, Adam, Marla, Zackary, Rachel, Aaron and Sidra; and Dorothy & Pinchas Gutter in memory of his twin sister, Sabina. The workshops are generously sponsored by Eleanor & Martin Maxwell in memory of his sisters, Josephine and Erna Meisels who died in the Holocaust. Additional support is provided in memory of Cesia & Carl Mahler by their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Sunday, 5 November | 11:00 AM
Ryerson University
Oakham House | 55 Gould Street | Toronto | 416–631–5689


Monday, November 6

Neuberger Lunch & Learn: The Quest for Justice: Postwar Nazi Trials

At one of the Neuberger’s signature Lunch & Learn programs, University of Toronto’s Professor Rebecca Wittmann will discuss the evolution of postwar justice from the pivotal moment of the Nuremberg Trials (1945–1946) to the ongoing quest for justice. Between December 1946 and April 1949, under the aegis of the International Military Tribunal, the US military conducted 12 additional trials of high ranking German officials at Nuremberg. US prosecutors tried 177 persons and won convictions of 97 defendants. Professor Wittmann, whose research focuses on German legal history, trials of Nazi perpetrators and postwar Germany, engages the audience in the nuances of these historical proceedings.

Light lunch provided. Registration required. RSVP to Dora Moreira 905–326–5336 × 73237 or dora.moreira@pwc.com.

Priority registration reserved for professionals in the downtown core.

Co-sponsored by PwC Canada and Aird & Berlis LLP.

Monday, 6 November | 11:45 AM
Address provided upon registration


Confronting Holocaust Denial: A Canadian Experience

Just over thirty years ago, the infamous Holocaust denier and rabble rouser Ernst Zündel (1939–2017) published and disseminated pamphlets promoting Holocaust denial from his home in Cabbagetown, Toronto. Zündel was eventually charged under the Canadian Criminal Code, section 181, of spreading false news through his notorious publications. The lengthy and complex legal proceedings of the 1980s galvanized the Canadian Jewish community and defined an era characterized by social justice, an increased awareness of Holocaust education and the fight for the truth.

To explore this pivotal moment in Canadian history, the Neuberger in partnership with the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) presents a panel of esteemed speakers who witnessed these events unfold and were part of the history-making process. Panel moderator Bernie M. Farber, former CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) was at the forefront of fighting Holocaust denial in Canada and is a recognized expert on hate crime. Among his many publications is, From Marches to Modems: A Report on Organized Hate in Metropolitan Toronto (1997), a seminal work on the changing landscape of Holocaust denial in Toronto. Panelists include Gerda Frieberg, Holocaust survivor, business woman, activist and former chair of the CJC’s Ontario Region; Warren Kinsella a Toronto-based journalist, political adviser and commentator; and Bill Dunphy a veteran investigative journalist who extensively covered the trials.

Free. Advance registration required at www.rom.on.ca/whatson. ROM admission not included.

Monday, 6 November
Doors open 6:30 PM; Program begins 7:00 PM
Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre | Level 1B
100 Queen’s Park | Toronto
416–586–5797 | programs@rom.on.ca


Tuesday, November 7

Reading the Holocaust: From The Diary of Anne Frank to The Diary of Molly Applebaum

Anne Frank’s diary is arguably the most well known Holocaust writing to date. The diary compels us to understand the Shoah through the eyes of a young girl exposed to the horrors of National Socialism. The publication of and widespread attention to Anne’s tragic story has proven to be a pivotal moment, shaping generations’ understandings of the Holocaust and foregrounding the genre of Holocaust survivor memoirs that followed. In partnership with The Azrieli Foundation the Neuberger proudly presents a panel of esteemed experts moderated by Professor Sara R. Horowitz. As an accomplished literary and Judaic Studies scholar Dr. Horowitz contextualises the global and unprecedented relevance of Anne’s diary while panelists illustrate the connection it has to memoirs that came after, including the pivotal moment created by the establishment of The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs.

The experts will discuss the role of literature and its genres in shaping our understanding of the Holocaust. Professor Jan Grabowski, University of Ottawa, will provide insightful analysis of the recently published literary work Buried Words (2017) which juxtaposes the haunting diary of a hidden child in Poland with the reflective tone of her postwar memoirs. Professor Julia Creet, York University, will illustrate the concepts of voice and silence by reflecting on the choices authors make to include or exclude certain events from diaries and memoirs. Professor Belarie Zatzman, York University, will discuss the integration and applicability of these types of works into modern theatre studies and how they contribute to the remembrance and representation of the Holocaust for today’s youth.

Advanced registration strongly recommended. Reserve your spots at hew2017-readingtheholocaust.eventbrite.ca.

Generously sponsored and presented by The Azrieli Foundation.

Tuesday, 7 November
12:00 PM: Light refreshments
12:30 PM: Program begins

Munk School of Global Affairs
Campbell Conference Facility
University of Toronto
1 Devonshire Place | Toronto
416–631–5689


Justice: Nuremberg and Beyond

On December 17, 1942, the leaders of the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union issued their first joint declaration officially noting the mass murder of European Jews and resolving to prosecute the perpetrators responsible. The immediate postwar Nuremberg Trials transformed the concept of international criminal justice for future war crimes and crimes against humanity. The trials serve as a pivotal moment that have shaped our global understanding of the Holocaust and justice. To date, the Federal Republic of Germany has held a total of 925 proceedings trying defendants of National Socialist era crimes. The German proceedings have been criticized, particularly those held in the 1960s and 1970s, for passing light sentences to ageing defendants as many perpetrators returned to their normal lives and professions in German society.

The program will begin with a special Neuberger-commissioned film featuring Ben Ferencz, the last living prosecutor from the Nuremberg Trials, where he tried 22 members of the Einsatszgruppen Nazi death squads. He was instrumental in the establishment of the International Criminal Court and remains a vocal advocate for peace. At age 97, Ferencz reflects on the legacy of these trials.

Panelists Professors Valerie Hébert and Rebecca Wittmann will respond to Ferencz’s reflections while highlighting key Nazi trials and the challenges prosecutors faced. Providing an historical overview of the period, Hébert and Wittmann explore the complexities of bringing war criminals to justice. Former war crimes prosecutor Eliott Behar will connect the ongoing quest for justice to contemporary cases of genocide.

Advanced registration strongly recommended. Reserve your spots at nurembergandbeyondhew2017.eventbrite.ca.

Tuesday, 7 November | 8:00 PM
Law Society of Upper Canada
Convocation Hall | 130 Queen Street West
Toronto | 416–631–5689


Wednesday, November 8

Reclamation and Restitution of Nazi Looted Art

Following the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets in 1998, 44 governments endorsed a series of principles for addressing Nazi-looted art. These included identifying confiscated works of art, the opening of archives and a commitment from museums to research provenance gaps in their collections. Additionally, pre-war owners and their heirs were encouraged to make claims to art stolen by the Nazis. The conference proved to be a pivotal moment in the post-Holocaust era as the activities precipitated by it, illuminated not only how the Nazis carried out their systematic looting but also how many European countries neglected to respond to restitution claims.

In the two decades since the conference, paintings have been recovered and museums have adopted policies and made commitments to ongoing provenance research. However, thousands of paintings remain lost or caught in the tangled web of complex international policies. The Neuberger’s panel brings together a variety of perspectives from claimants to institutional representatives who are committed, in different ways, to Holocaust-era art restitution.

Panelists include: Donald S. Burris, Managing Partner at Burris, Schoenberg & Walden LLP in Los Angeles, worked in the successful pursuit of art works and other assets stolen by the Nazi authorities including the return of Klimt’s portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer (aka The Woman in Gold) by the Austrian Government to Maria Altmann. Tobi Bruce, Director of Exhibitions and Collections and Senior Curator of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, worked on the recovery and return of 17th century Dutch artist Johannes Verspronck’s Portrait of a Lady to the Solmssen family in 2014. Clarence Epstein, Executive Director of the Max and Iris Stern Foundation, leads research and recovery efforts of the art collection of the late Montreal dealer Max Stern. Prior to immigrating to Canada and running the Dominion Gallery, Dr. Stern owned the Galerie Julius Stern in Dusseldorf—the contents of which were sold by force in the 1930s. Danielle Spera, Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna, will provide the European perspective and explain her institution’s response to Vienna’s tumultuous art restitution history. The panel will be moderated by Sara Angel, Founder and Executive Director of the Art Canada Institute at Massey College, University of Toronto. Angel has written extensively on Nazi-looted art and its restitution.

Advanced registration strongly recommended. Reserve your spots at reclamationandrestitutionhew2017.eventbrite.ca

Generously sponsored by Rochelle Rubinstein in memory of her parents, Judith & Bill Rubinstein.

Wednesday, 8 November | 7:30 PM
George Ignatieff Theatre
University of Toronto
15 Devonshire Place | Toronto


Why Should Young People Read Holocaust Literature, Anyway?

Award-winning author Anne Dublin discusses the popularity of Holocaust literature among young people. Why does this genre hold such fascination for many adolescents? Anne will discuss three types of Holocaust literature: historical novels, memoirs and diaries; and how they relate to the developmental tasks of teenagers. She examines this literature in the context of important adolescent developmental stages: achieving independence, coming to terms with their bodies, establishing new relations with age-mates, gaining social and economic status and acquiring self-confidence and a values system.

Co-presented by the Neuberger’s Frank and Anita Ekstein Holocaust Resource Library; the Association of Jewish Libraries, Ontario Chapter; and PJ Library.

Wednesday, 8 November | 7:30 PM
Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre
Ekstein Resource Library | 4th Floor
4600 Bathurst Street | Toronto
416–635–2883 × 5266


Ashkenaz Foundation Presents: Semer Ensemble

Germany’s Semer Ensemble brings back to life the eclectic Jewish music captured on historic recordings made in Berlin between 1933–1938 on the Semer Records label. This short-lived record label served as a “musical Noah’s Ark” at a time when Jewish artists were banned by the Nazis from participation in the mainstream music industry. In five short years, the label recorded a vast array of artists and styles, including Yiddish folk and theatre songs, Berlin Cabaret, Russian and Ukrainian folk songs, operatic arias, and cantorial music. This precious musical time capsule of a world facing annihilation was thought lost for decades following the destruction of the Semer store and all its master recordings on Kristallnacht, November 9, 1938. But 60 years later, ethnomusicologist Rainer Lots scoured the world in a heroic mission to track down vinyl copies of the entire catalog.

Now, joined by an all-star cast, New Jewish Music pioneer Alan Bern (Brave Old World, Other Europeans) directs a live concert program based on these recordings, creating fresh interpretations and provocative, contemporary arrangements of repertoire from the original Semer Records catalog. This moving concert experience re-creates a golden age of Jewish music, opening a time tunnel between prewar Berlin and today’s vibrant Jewish Music scene. Also featuring Lorin Sklamberg, Sasha Lurje, Daniel Kahn, Fabian Shnedler, Paul Brody, Mark Kovnatsky and Martin Lilich.

This event follows in the tradition of previous Ashkenaz HEW presentations of the Ger Mandolin Orchestra and Muzsikás, in which Holocaust remembrance is explored through the living culture and rich musical traditions of pre-Second World War European Jewry. Ashkenaz has received the generous support of David Green, Daphne Wagner, Lita and Mikey Green; Moses, Libby and Sam Znaimer; Effi Gold and Molly Shainfarber; and Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto for this program.

Tickets $40 (+ service charges). To purchase tickets call Ticketmaster toll-free 1–855–985–2787 or buy online at www.ticketmaster.ca (service charges apply).

To avoid service charges, buy tickets in person at the Toronto Centre for the Arts Box office, Tuesday–Saturday 1:00 PM–6:00 PM.

Generously co-sponsored by Ruth Ekstein & Alan Lechem and Stella & Peter Ekstein with love and in honour of their mother Anita Ekstein for her extraordinary contribution to Holocaust education; and Helen Stollar in memory of all the children killed in the Holocaust.

Wednesday, 8 November | 8:00 PM
Toronto Centre for the Arts | George Weston Recital Hall
5040 Yonge Street | North York
416–979–9901 | ashkenaz.ca/event/semer-ensemble


Thursday, November 9

Jewish Museum Vienna: A Conduit for Jewish Life

Holocaust Education Week 2017 officially closes with a presentation by Dr. Danielle Spera, Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna. With two locations, the Palais Eskeles as well as the Judenplatz, the Museum provides visitors from around the world with a historical overview of the Viennese Jewish community. As a guardian of this history and also the record keeper of the small but vibrant Jewish community in Vienna, Spera explains the unique role the Museum plays in the cultural life of the city, and how the formation of the institution serves as a pivotal moment helping make accessible a rich history of grave importance to civil society in Austria. In a city that was brutalized by the Kristallnacht pogrom, and whose Jewish community was decimated by the Holocaust, Danielle Spera discusses how her work at the Jewish Museum Vienna seeks to raise awareness of Jewish history, religion and culture.

Closing Night of Holocaust Education Week will include a commemorative program and candle lighting marking the 79th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogrom.

Danielle Spera studied journalism and political science in Vienna and received her PhD from the University of Vienna. Danielle enjoyed a successful career with the Austrian national public television broadcaster ORF. She worked as a reporter and a foreign correspondent before she became anchor of Austria’s most influential news program Zeit im Bild. Spera authored several texts on Jewish topics such as, Displaced (2017), Lessing presents Lessing (2015), A Good Day (2014), Jewish Geniuses. Warhol´s Jews (2012), Hermann Nitsch—Leben und Arbeit (1999), and is the co-founder of the Jewish cultural magazine, NU. She serves on the boards of the Medical University Innsbruck MUI, on the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute VWI and is a member of the advisory board of the broadcast stations arte and ORFIII. Danielle has been the Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna since 2010.

Closing Night is generously co-sponsored by Marilyn & David Glick, Susan & Eddie Glick, Shirley & Martin Glick, Marsha & Harry Glicksman, Lisa & Sender Herschorn, Amnon Altschuler, Sherri & Daniel Glassberg, Deborah Glassberg and Aviva & Ryan Altschuler and all their families, honouring the memories of Rose & Morris Glick and Gutta & Max Glicksman, Holocaust survivors. Additional support by Eleanor & Martin Maxwell in memory of his sisters, Josephine and Erna Meisels who died in the Holocaust; and by Scotiabank Bathurst & Sheppard Branch.

CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) service provided at this event.

Thursday, 9 November, 7:30 PM
Beth Torah Synagogue
47 Glenbrook Avenue, Toronto
416–782–4495


Thursday, November 16

The Memory Kitchen: Exploring the Post-Holocaust Period through Food and Memory

Holocaust survivors arrived in Canada with little more than their memories. Upon building new lives in Toronto, cooking and baking recipes learned before the Holocaust tied survivors to their lost families while providing meaningful connections for their children. Join us for a conversation between food writer Emma Waverman and Holocaust survivor Rose Lipszyc about the power of food and memory with a short cooking demonstration.

Rose Lipszyc grew up in Lublin, Poland and vividly remembers the succulent dishes her mother lovingly prepared for Shabbat and the holidays. She graciously shares her family recipes with the audience. Through this personal encounter with Jewish food, Rose connects us to the timelessness of the power of food to invoke memories of pre-Holocaust Jewish life, the family hearth and to the fact that the Holocaust did not, and could not break the spirit of the Jewish tradition.

Emma Waverman is a writer, reporter and author. She is the food columnist on CBC Radio Here and Now where she talks food trends, stories and recipes. She shares the family love of food with a column in the Globe and Mail that she coauthors with her mother Lucy Waverman. Emma is well-known for her opinionated writing and sense of humour, as well as her solid reporting and interview skills. Her work covers food and food culture, lifestyle, travel and parenting.

Registration required. Register online at thememorykitchenhew2017.eventbrite.ca

Thursday, 16 November | 6:30 PM
Chef Maxine Knight’s Food Studio
510 Eglinton Avenue West | Toronto | 416–635–2883 × 5107


Ongoing

Built to Remember: The Holocaust Museums of Today and Tomorrow

Over the past 40 years, there has been a phenomenal rise in the number of Holocaust museums, from comprehensive large-scale institutions to community-based commemorative and educational spaces. This proliferation can be seen as a pivotal moment in the post-Holocaust era as multiple generations’ understanding of the Shoah has been shaped by the narratives presented by these institutions.

This exhibit examines 14 Holocaust museums, exploring the different ways they have chosen to develop the narrative of this watershed moment in history. Whose voices dominate? Whose are left out? How does the narrative change for a Jewish audience, a younger audience, a multicultural audience? What is the future of these museums and the role they play as we approach an era when Holocaust survivors are no longer with us to share their experiences?

Exhibition curated by the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre.

2–29 November
Monday–Friday 9:00 AM–9:00 PM; Saturday–Sunday 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
Miles Nadal JCC | The Gallery at the J
750 Spadina Avenue | Toronto | 416–924–6211