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Listener-Witness: My Role as a Writing Partner for the Sustaining Memories Project

“No one / bears witness for the / witness,” writes Paul Celan in “Ashglory” (here translated by Pierre Joris). I returned to this poem again and again when, in 2017, I held the role of writing partner for the Sustaining Memories Project, a program created by the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program in partnership with the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.

Seeing History: A Reflection on In the Hour of Fate and Danger by Ferenc Andai

As the child of a Holocaust survivor, John Lorinc has tried to research a wartime experience his father couldn’t share.

A Woman's Shoes

A story about shoes: It was Holocaust Education Week, 2019, and I accompanied Judy Cohen, the 91-year-old survivor whose memoir I was then immersed in — shifting passages, recasting sentences, checking dates and historical data — to a talk she was giving at York University.

From Fragment to Whole

In late 2014, the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program received an extremely important submission — a 250-page...

Cholent: Tasting the Past

The Rohatiner extended family before the war. Bronia (back row, fifth from the left) is standing beside her sister, Sarah. Their p...