Escape from the Edge: The Launch of Morris Schnitzer’s Memoir with the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program
Join us for the virtual launch of Morris Schnitzer’s memoir, Escape from the Edge, the true story of a young man on the run from the Gestapo, vowing never to end up in a concentration camp. The program will reflect on the significance of the memoir, engage with scholars and commentors, and screen Morris Schnitzer’s video testimony.
Morris Schnitzer was born in Bochum, Germany in 1922. In 1947, he immigrated to Montreal, where he earned both a BSc and MSc at McGill University, going on to earn his PhD in 1955. In Ottawa, Morris worked at the Canadian government’s Department of Agriculture as a principal researcher in the chemistry of soil organic matter. He won the prestigious Wolf Prize in Agriculture in 1995 and wrote three books and more than four hundred scientific papers over the course of his distinguished career. Morris Schnitzer passed away in Ottawa in 2020.
Presented in partnership with the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program and the Max and Tessie Zelikovitz Centre for Jewish Studies at Carleton University.