Monday, June 11, 7 pm – 8.30 pm, David Strong Building C103 — Holocaust survivor and educator Robert Waisman will share insights into a life dedicated to advocacy and peace-building in a special conversation with University of Victoria Chancellor Shelagh Rogers. Waisman will be recognized with an honorary degree at UVic’s convocation in June for his work as a community leader, philanthropist and former president of the Vancouver Holocaust Centre for Remembrance and Education.
Waisman was liberated from Buchenwald Concentration Camp in 1945 and eventually emigrated to Canada where he dedicated himself to Holocaust education. Each year, Waisman shares his experiences of hate, racism and indifference with thousands of students. In recent years, Waisman was inducted as an Honorary Witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where he met residential school survivors. He has joined others in calling for the incorporation of the history of residential schools into BC’s curriculum. “Robbie Waisman has endured great horror and deep loss,” Rogers says. “In spite of this, his message, which he presents with strength and kindness, is forgiveness and perseverance.” Please join us for this special evening, presented by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies and the Faculty of Humanities.
This event is free and open to the public.