Alice’s Gift: The Life and Music of Alice Herz-Sommer

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Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 pmBell’Arte Music Drama is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform again Alice’s Gift: The Life and Music of Alice Herz-Sommer. Performances will take place on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Berwick Royal Oak, 4680 Elk Lake Dr, Victoria. Tickets ($25 each) can be purchased at alicesgift3.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.
Alice Herz-Sommer was born in Prague and lived through World War II playing piano recitals in Theresienstadt ghetto. At the time of her death, at 110 years of age, she was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor. This musical one act play written by Elisabeth Wagner and performed by Lina de Guevara with Elisabeth Wagner at the piano lasts for one hour.  For details about the show see http://www.bellartemusicdrama.com/alices-gift/.

Facts vs Fiction in Chava Rosenfarb’s Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays

MorgentalerThursday, June 6 at 7 pm, Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street — Congregation Emanu-El Adult Education team invites you to a talk “Facts vs Fiction: Essays on the Holocaust, Jewish Literature and Yiddish in Chava Rosenfarb’s Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays” by Dr. Goldie Morgentaler on Thursday, June 6 at 7 pm in the synagogue. Continue reading Facts vs Fiction in Chava Rosenfarb’s Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Event

Rabbi Louis SutkerSunday, May 5, 2019 11 am – noon, at the Victoria Jewish Cemetery — On behalf of the Victoria Shoah Project, we invite you to the annual remembrance of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). This year’s commemoration will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2019 11 am – noon, at the Victoria Jewish Cemetery on Cedar Hill Road (south from Hillside Ave.). Those who perished in the Holocaust will be remembered as real individuals, not mere statistics or collectively characterized as victims, as we also honour the strength and resilience of survivors.

At this year’s commemoration “From Generation to Generation” we will hear the moving and unique story of one family and that will remind us of so many other families. There will be music and songs of pre-war Europe to move us and also to remember the flourishing cultures in so many of the locations tragically upended by the Shoah. Representatives of Victoria’s Jewish youth community will add their voices to the remembrance and honouring and there will be a memorial prayer for those who perished.

For the safety of all people the lessons of the Shoah and events leading up to this tragedy cannot be forgotten. This past year’s killings at the Pittsburgh synagogue, the Christchurch mosque and the many other hate attacks reinforce this message. In today’s world we must not only remember the tragic events of the Shoah but must commit to never remain silent in the face of injustice or an attack targeting any person or group for their beliefs, religion, race, sexual orientation or disabilities. In this way we truly honour the memory of those who perished in the Shoah.

We invite you to share in this event with us. We welcome your presence and support as we gather to remember the past and look towards a future of peace and unity.

Sincerely yours on behalf of the Victoria Shoah Project,
Peter Nadler
E-mail: victoriashoahproject@gmail.com

Alice’s Gift: The Life and Music of Alice Herz-Sommer

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Saturday, November 10 & Sunday, November 11Bell’Arte Music Drama is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform again Alice’s Gift: The Life and Music of Alice Herz-Sommer. Performances will take place on Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 11 at 2:30 pm at 2875 Tudor Avenue, Victoria V8N 1L6.  Tickets $25 each can be purchased at alicesgift3.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.  For more information call 250-721-2121 or email bellartemusicdrama@gmail.com

This musical one act play written by Elisabeth Wagner and performed by Lina de Guevara with Elisabeth Wagner at the piano lasts for one hour.  There will be a short “Question and Answer” session following each performance.

Alice Herz-Sommer was born in Prague and lived through World War II playing piano recitals in Theresienstadt ghetto. At the time of her death, at 110 years of age, she was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor.  Besides having a remarkable story of a cultured upbringing, and a story of endurance and survival, Alice had an extraordinary ability to embrace life and the people she met. In the play, the audience is warmly invited into her living room and given the opportunity to hear some of her stories, her music and her simple but profound wisdom.

Remember Kristallnacht: Choose Action Over Indifference

Kristallnacht 2018 NLThursday, November 8, 2018,  7 pm — The Victoria Shoah Project invites the public to the annual commemoration of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) on Thursday, November 8, 7 pm at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2J3 . We will remember what took place on the evening of November 9, 1938 when, targeted solely for their ethnic identity, Jews were the victims of planned attacks on Jewish owned stores, buildings and synagogues in Germany and Austria while authorities did nothing to stop the assault.

The name Kristallnacht refers to the pieces of broken glass covering the streets after the windows of Jewish-owed store were shattered. It represents the broken lives, forever changed by this tragedy. Kristallnacht was only a hint of the greater harm to come. Not only is Kristallnacht a painful scar in the pages of Jewish history, it is a call to all humanity to respond promptly and loudly at the first appearance of injustices targeting any group. This is a message particularly significant in today’s world when acts of irrational and violent prejudice are all too common.

Our program will remember all who perished in the Holocaust with a candle lighting ceremony by survivors, second- and third-generation descendants, as well as students and youth, representing our ongoing hope for a future of peace. In addition, the program will include a variety of other speakers, musicians and the reading of our Pledge of Mutual Respect and Support by politicians, multi-faith representatives and law enforcement leaders from the Victoria community and others in attendance.

Please join us to remember the past and envision a better future where we will respect and protect our neighbours, not remain silent in the face of any injustice against any person or group and work towards building bridges leading to unity and shalom (peace) in our own community and beyond.

For additional information, contact Peter J. Nadler, Victoria Shoah Project
Email: victoriashoahproject@gmail.com
Website: https://www.victoriashoahproject.ca/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/victoriashoahproject

Legislating the Past—the Holocaust and the Polish “History Laws”

GrabowskiTuesday, 2 October 4:30 pm David Strong Building, Room C122Prof. Jan Grabowski from University of Ottawa is a renowned Holocaust historian whose award-winning book Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland focuses on Polish-Jewish relations during WWII. Recently Polish authorities attempted to impose harsh legal measures for those found guilty of “slandering the good name of the Polish nation.” In this talk, Grabowski discusses this brazen attempt to legislate the history of the Holocaust as well as how his own research positions itself in these debates.
Free & open to everyone: seating is limited. For disability accommodation call 250-721-7320.
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Robert Waisman: On Survival, Truth and Reconciliation

Holocaust Memorial MonumentMonday, 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.

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