Testimony Short Films
Hanukkah 2015 / 5776
Watch Candle #8: Nate Leipciger
"You have to do something, you have to warn the world that what happened can happen again ... it can happen anytime to anyone." - Nate Leipciger
Watch Candle #7: Judy Lysy
“I came to Canada, and I came to a free country, a country where my husband could do what he liked to do, where I could raise my children in peace - it meant everything for me.” - Judy Lysy
Watch candle #6: Pinchas Gutter
“If you do not know history, you cannot create a better future. The Holocaust was such an unbelievably horrific world experience that it has to be taught... I feel that it is actually my duty to go ahead and talk about what happened and at the same time give people hope that it should not happen and that the world can be made a better place.” - Pinchas Gutter
Watch Candle #5: Judy Cohen
"We started to cry and embrace each other and we said, 'it's impossible, the war must be over...' It was May 5, 1945 - a beautiful, sunny Saturday." - Judy Cohen
Watch candle #4: Max Eisen
"I've lived under fascism, under Nazism and communism where I had no freedom, so... there is no other country like Canada and we need to stand up and guard this freedom that we have here." - Max Eisen
Watch candle #3: Anita Ekstein
"My real liberation happened in 1946 when I was reunited with my aunt. Then I could say, I'm Jewish and my name is Anita Helfgott." - Anita Ekstein
Watch Candle # 2: Bill Glied
"I am the proud grandfather of 8 grandchildren who will hopefully make a mark on this country and in life." - Bill Glied
Watch Candle #1: Rose Lipszyc
“I am very grateful to this country that I am able to live in freedom and in peace.” - Rose Lipszyc
Remembrance Day 2015
Watch one short film featuring Holocaust survivor and liberator Martin Maxwell in honour of Remembrance Day.
Watch one short film featuring Yael Spier Cohen, a Holocaust survivor speaker, reflecting on her liberation experience and immigration and renewal in Canada. Part of the HEW 2015 short film series, on view at select testimony presentations and online soon!
2015 marks the 70th anniversary of liberation and the end of the Second World War. As time passes and survivors of the Holocaust continue to age, we place an increased importance on recorded testimony as a way to connect future generations to the firsthand accounts of Holocaust survivors.
In honour of this year’s Holocaust Education Week theme, “Liberation: Aftermath & Rebirth,” the Neuberger created a series of short videos outlining survivors’ stories of liberation, immigration to Canada, and their reestablishment of life. The clips highlight their diverse experiences while illustrating their strength, resilience and perseverance. Together with Toronto-based videographer and director Matthew Shoychet (Shoy Pictures), the Neuberger created 20 short films that will be used during this year’s HEW, and in future programming in the museum.
For more information, please contact Michelle.