The seventh annual symposium features engaging workshops that invite participants in their 20s and 30s to explore the future of Holocaust memory from different perspectives. Sessions will address this theme through survivor engagement, interactive technologies, and thought-provoking discussions. Special guests include HEW 2016 Educator-in-Residence Dr. Michael Gray, Holocaust survivors and Azrieli Foundation authors Nate Leipciger, Claire Baum and Leslie Meisels, HEW closing night speaker Hannah Lessing, PhD candidate Amir Lavie, and more. The program concludes with a keynote presentation from Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter and Stephen Smith, executive director of USC Shoah Foundation, who will discuss New Dimensions in Testimony—an initiative that enables people to have “virtual conversations” with Holocaust survivors long into the future. The presentation will be moderated by Ramona Pringle, Director, Transmedia Zone, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University, and CBC technology columnist.
Envisioned by concept developer Conscience Display, New Dimensions in Testimony was created with the technical expertise from USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies. Using state-of-the-art technology, New Dimensions in Testimony provides the opportunity to ask questions that instantly answered by the recorded image of the survivor. This allows users to walk down their own path of curiosity to learn about this important part of history. To create the lifelike exchange, advanced language-recognition software understands the questions being asked and instantly plays back one of the thousands of questions answered by the survivor.
Pinchas Gutter and his twin sister were born in Lodz, Poland, in 1933, to a Hasidic family. In 1939, his family was forced into the Warsaw Ghetto. In April 1943, they were deported to the Majdanek death camp, where Pinchas’ family was murdered on arrival. He was sent to a work camp, then to Buchenwald, and then on a death march from Germany to Theresienstadt. He was liberated by the Soviet Army in May 1945 and was taken to Britain with other children for rehabilitation. He immigrated to Canada in 1985 from South Africa.
Sunday, 6 November | 11:00 am
Ryerson University | Oakham House | 55 Gould Street | Toronto | 416–631–5689
A symposium for people in their 20s and 30s. The program is free of charge, but we will be accepting donations at the event to support Holocaust survivors living under the poverty line in Toronto. Light lunch will be served; Kashruth observed. Copies of the memoirs published by the Azrieli Foundation authors will be provided. Registration now open!
Generously co-sponsored by Pinchas & Dorothy Gutter, in memory of his twin sister, Sabina; by Martin & Eleanor Maxwell, in memory of his sisters, Josephine and Erna Meisels who died in the Holocaust; by Jeff & Annalee Wagman, Echelon Wealth Partners; and by Jewish War Veterans of Canada. Co-presented by the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto.