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Dialogue For Descendants

“D4D” Symposium for Children of Holocaust Survivors

The second annual symposium exclusively for children of Holocaust survivors (and/or their partners) is a forum for education, discussion and engagement. From childhood into adulthood, the children of survivors continue to experience pivotal moments in exploring their personal narratives in response to this shared tragic history. Featuring two keynote speakers, lectures, workshops and discussion sessions, participants will consider different perspectives on their experiences as the children of those who survived the Holocaust.

The symposium opens with a keynote address from Martin Himel, television director, producer and senior correspondent. Martin Himel has produced television series, ground-breaking documentaries and news coverage for major national and international broadcasters. He illustrates his talk with short clips from his most recent documentary, Secrets of Survival (2017).

The program concludes with a presentation from Helen Epstein, author of several books of literary non-fiction, including the ground-breaking Children of the Holocaust (1979), one of the first books to examine the inter-generational transmission of trauma. It was a pivotal moment for children of survivors who finally had text to validate their own experiences. Its sequel, Where She Came From: A Daughter’s Search for Her Mother’s History (1997), reconstructs her own matrilineal history across two centuries and an extinct civilization. Now a grandmother, she will look back over 50 years of research and thinking about issues pertinent to the children of Holocaust survivors.

Cost: $54 (includes all program fees). Advance registration required at d4dhew2017.eventbrite.ca.

Registration deadline: October 27.

Sunday, 5 November | 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
Joe and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus
Leo & Sala Goldhar Conference & Celebration Centre
9600 Bathurst Street | Vaughan | 416–635–2883 × 5301 (information only)

The Dialogue for Descendants’ Symposium is generously sponsored by Honey & Barry Sherman, Apotex Foundation. They are proud to support the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in their important work towards making the world a better place. For additional sponsors and supporters see HEW Donors & Sponsors.