Holocaust Education Week

Disclosure, Denial and Demands for Justice: Pivotal Moments Following the Asia-Pacific War
Presenters from ALPHA Education examine pivotal moments of disclosure following the Asia-Pacific war. Excerpts from the documentary, The Apology (2016), illustrate how lost histories of the Second World War have been unveiled through testimony, research, and human rights activists. Alongside such disclosures are revisionist narratives of wartime atrocities and their kinship with Holocaust denial will be addressed and contextualized. Student researchers will present their findings, illustrating how academic efforts support the ongoing search for justice. To RSVP or for more information, contact info@alphaeducation.org or 416–299–0111. Co-presented by ALPHA Education and the Equity Studies Program at New College, University of Toronto.
Thursday, 2 November | 12:00 PM New College | William Doo Auditorium University of Toronto 45 Willcocks Street | Toronto 416–299–0111

Art is My Weapon: The Radical Musical Life of Lin Jaldati
Dr. Jewlia Eisenberg and Dr. David Shneer present the life and work of singer and activist Lin Jaldati. Two parts passionate music, one part stunning images, one part inspiring story, the program reveals how Jaldati, who was deported to Auschwitz, survived and moved to former East Germany. Along with her husband, Eberhard Rebling, a non-Jewish pianist and musicologist, the couple helped build the socialist phoenix rising from Nazism’s ashes through music.  Presented by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Jewish Studies.
Monday, 6 November | 4:00 PM Jackman Humanities Building | Room 100 170 St. George Street | Toronto 416–978–7415

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

To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A teen’s account of the war criminal trial of Oskar Gröning
Award-winning author Kathy Kacer officially launches her book, To Look a Nazi in the Eye: A Teen’s Account of a War Criminal Trial (2017). She is joined by Jordana Lebowitz, an observer of the 2015 Oskar Gröning Nazi trial in Lüneburg, Germany, and Holocaust survivor, Max Eisen, a witness at the trial. The trial reflects a pivotal moment for the current generation’s conscious understanding of events related to the Holocaust. Co-presented by Facing History and Ourselves, the March of the Living Canada, Second Story Press and the Equity Studies Program, New College, University of Toronto.
Tuesday, 7 November | 7:00 PM William Doo Auditorium | New College University of Toronto 45 Willcocks Street | Toronto 416–537–7850

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