A Holocaust Education Week featured event, supported by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) Cluster, the conference will cast light on lesser-known narratives of the Holocaust, gathered through original and innovative archival work. The event will take place on November 7th, from 12.30 to 4 pm, at the Munk School of Global Affairs (Campbell Conference Room, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto).
Aubrey Pomerance, the director of archives at the Jewish Museum Berlin, will present the workshops that the museum is organizing with high school pupils, university students, teachers and educators, in order to examine the lives and fates of Jews in Germany between the years 1933 and 1945. In a unique approach, the workshops combine the examination of original materials from the archival holdings with encounters and discussions with individuals who experienced their childhood and youth in National Socialist Germany and who themselves have contributed materials to the museum. Aubrey Pomerance will discuss with Gail Lord, a museum and gallery planner.
Heidemarie Uhl, member of the Austrian delegation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, and director of the Neugestaltung des Österreichischen Heldendenkmals project in Vienna, will discuss with Krista Hegburg, from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Aurore Blaise, the head of the digital humanities at the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, will present The Holocaust Survivors Project, on which is working the archives department of the Mémorial since 2014. This project identifies survivors among the women, children and men that were deported in France between 1942 and 1944. Though some testimonies and stories are very well known, many of those survivors never came forward, and we actually know very little on them and their paths. By exploiting a collection of post war administrative forms and documents, the aim of the project is to shed a new light on their stories. Aurore Blaise will answer the questions of Leonid Livak, professor at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and at the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto.
The conference will be followed by a reception at the Alliance Française of Toronto (24 Spadina Road), offered by the EUNIC Cluster, from 4.15 to 6 pm.
The conference will be held in English. Free entrance for these two events, registration strongly recommended: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/uncovering-new-narratives-of-the-holocaust-in-european-canadian-archives-tickets-51783866940
For more information about the Holocaust Education Week : https://www.holocaustcentre.com/