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Cheltenham woman, a Holocaust survivor, pens memoir

Margalith Esterhuizen was born in Romania in 1927 to a Jewish family. In 1941, Esterhuizen and her family were forced from their home as the country aligned itself with Nazi Germany.

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95-year-old Caledon Holocaust survivor writes memoir

At a time when most people are slowing down in their lives, Caledon resident Margalith Esterhuizen has been busy.  The Holocaust survivor spent the last 10 years working on her memoir, A Light in the Clouds.

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The Azrieli Foundation partners with the English Montreal School Board to teach Holocaust education across the district

The Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program has teamed up with the English Montreal School Board for its first board-wide partnership, and will bring the topic of the Holocaust to classrooms across the city as early as May 2022.

No Sweeter Tea

“We were the only survivors of a town wiped off the map forever.” - Pinchas Blitt
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“Never Again”: 93-Year-Old Toronto Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Story of Auschwitz

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed on Jan. 27, the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the Auschwitz death camp was liberated. We mark this day annually because we can never forget what happened there and because the remembering moves us to vow “Never again.”

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2021 Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award Winners

Jew­ish Book Coun­cil announced the win­ners of the 2021 Nation­al Jew­ish Book Awards, now in its sev­en­ty-first year. In all but one cat­e­go­ry, this year’s win­ning authors are all receiv­ing their first Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award.

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SJN: Pinchas Blitt publishes his memoirs thanks to the Azrieli Foundation

The Azrieli Foundation's decision to publish beloved Montrealer, Pinchas Blitt's memoir A Promise of Sweet Tea, into a new climate for Canadian Jews was not an accident. Following the July Segal Centre Virtual launch, the book is slowly winning wide literary acclaim.

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TRADITION’s 2021 Book Endorsements: The Vale of Tears

Rabbi Pinchas Hirschprung (1912-1998) is well-known within the Torah world as one of the gedolei ha-dor of the previous generation, a magnanimous Torah scholar who served as the beloved Av Beth Din of Montreal for several decades, and one who was able to recite any page of the Talmud by heart. In his youth, he served as the bochen for the prestigious Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva under the leadership of the renowned Rabbi Meir Shapiro.

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Excerpt: In Dreams Together

The destruc­tion of the Hun­gar­i­an Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ties in the last phase of World War II was one of the most effi­cient geno­ci­dal cam­paigns in his­to­ry….

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How a Holocaust Survivor Rediscovered Hope

An excerpt from Memories In Focus...

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Spirituality, and Interfaith Dialogue

Holocaust survivor and author of Tapestry of Survival, Leslie Mezei, joins us this week on the Speakeasy podcast to discuss the continued importance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, spirituality and interfaith dialogue during our times and. Most importantly, Leslie speaks about life lessons he’s learned throughout his journey that we can apply to our lives today.

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“Never Again”: 92-Year-Old Toronto Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Story of Auschwitz

Judy Weissenberg Cohen, a 92-year-old Toronto resident was 16 when the Nazis wrenched her from her home in Hungary and sent her to Auschwitz.

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Why the Lessons of the Holocaust Matter Today

Jody Speigel, of the Azrieli Foundation Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program, explains why remembering the Holocaust matters today.

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Honouring those who lost their lives

Azrieli Foundation’s Jody Spiegel tells The Morning Show the significance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and how families can remember those who lost their lives.

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Fostering true understanding of the Holocaust means changing how we teach about it

Discussing Holocaust only through lessons we can learn from it turns it into a poorly understood metaphor...

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Judy Cohen: Daunted but Undeterred

There are times in life when one hears about events so horrific that they can only describe them as ‘incredible’ or ‘unbelievable.’ Judy Cohen, a Holocaust survivor, shares what it was like to be a part of one of history’s blackest, most ‘unbelievable’ moments.

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A Toronto woman with an incredible story just hit a big milestone.

Molly Applebaum is a Holocaust survivor and a published author. A virtual celebration was held Tuesday in her honour as she marked her 90th birthday. Talia Ricci has Applebaum’s incredible story.

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In the Hour of Fate and Danger

Orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished in Hun­gary in 2003, Fer­enc Andai’s mem­oir of his expe­ri­ence as a young man forced to labor in a Nazi-held cop­per mine in Bor, Ser­bia is an addi­tion to the genre of Holo­caust sur­vivor lit­er­a­ture in the vein of Pri­mo Levi.

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Writing for Those Who Can't

During World War II, Susan Garfield started writing in a diary. Now, the written words of a teenager are immortalized in a memoir for all to read.

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Spiegel: Holocaust Must Be Taught as an Independent Event

In September 2018, the Azrieli Foundation, in partnership with the Claims Conference, commissioned a comprehensive study of Canadian knowledge and awareness of the Holocaust. The results, published in January of 2019, were alarming:

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For Canadian survivor of Holocaust, this trip to Auschwitz is an act of defiance

For Johnny Jablon, making the trip to Poland for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau is part of his revenge against his Nazi tormentors.

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A Powerful Pilgrimage

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Toronto man says trip to Auschwitz is about educating future generations

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Auschwitz, 75 years later: What Canada’s survivors remember about the death camp’s horrors

As children, they were among more than one million people rounded up into the Nazis’ most infamous concentration camp. They lost family and found traumas that still haunt them in their 80s and 90s. These are their stories

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Holocaust holograms: how survivors' stories live on through new technology

With survivors aging and dying, modern media provide a way to connect with youth

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Canadian holocaust survivor reunited with baby he saved from Nazis when he was just a child

All he knew for sure until the filming of this documentary was that his effort to save a baby girl from certain death cost the life of his dearest friend...

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‘They went in and they never came out’: Holocaust survivor shares story with Halifax audience

’The only visual memory Pinchas Gutter has of his twin sister, Sabina, is her blond braid as she hugged her mother before their family was sent into a Nazi concentration camp...

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