Breaking News!

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg has formally accepted the donation of Mænni Ruben’s Teresienstadt 1945 Autograph Book which belonged to our beloved Susi Deston’s first husband Mænni Ruben z”l. The book will become part of their permanent collection. We are very pleased the book will stay in Canada and at a museum focused on human rights. For more information about the book… 

Remarkable beyond words

The launch of the Mænni Ruben (z’l) Autograph Book was an overwhelming event. This book captures the experience of the survivors of Theresienstadt camp while recounting the friendship, humour and desire to survive they shared. Thank you, Janna for making this project happen. Thank you, Susi (z”l) for your indomitable spirit and your endless valuing of  people. Todah rabah to everyone who made this happen! Everyone is welcome to see the exhibit, replica book and more on the website: https://terezinautographbook1945.ca

Theresienstadt 1945 Autograph Book Exhibit Launch

MRT Autograph BookAugust 20 at 11 am PDT, live-stream exhibit & website launch—Please join the Victoria SHOAH Project as we launch a special exhibit of the Autograph Book given by Susi Deston (z’l) to Rabbi Harry. You are invited to tune in on Thursday, August 20 at 11 am PDT.

The book belonged to Susi’s first husband, Mænni Ruben (z’l), a violinist from Copenhagen, who was taken as a young man with his family in 1943 to the ghetto/camp Theresienstadt near Prague.

Beginning in April 1945 as the war was ending, the autograph book contains optimistic and hopeful greetings, pieces of music and beautiful illustrations. Music flourished in the camp during the war. A remarkable piece of history, the book is in the final stages of being donated to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.

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Meeting ID: 848 1978 3591
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After the launch you can see the exhibit, replica book and more on the website:
https://terezinautographbook1945.ca/

Janna Ginsberg Bleviss, Writer and project coordinator
Richard Kool, Launch producer and website development
Micha Menczer, Victoria Shoah Project

SUSI’S GIFT: Theresienstadt Autograph Book

Theresienstadt Autograph Book

The Theresienstadt Autograph Book, belonging to Susi Deston’s first husband, Mænni Ruben, is being donated to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg for their Holocaust gallery. The book is in remarkable condition for being 75 years old! Continue reading SUSI’S GIFT: Theresienstadt Autograph Book

POSTPONED – Memory, Identity & the Romanian Shoah

Memory postponed 1000This program is postponed—Join us for a  multi-media program celebrating the post holocaust renewal of Jewish Romanian culture using music, photos and conversations on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm in Congregation Emanu-El,  1461 Blanshard Street.  The presenter will be Julia Herzog and the accompanying musicians will be: Amy Paster, Rick Kool, Lucy Nerenberg, Sammy Herzog, Julia Herzog. Continue reading POSTPONED – Memory, Identity & the Romanian Shoah

Congregation gives Rabbi Victor Reinstein a warm welcome

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The organizing committee for Rabbi Victor Reinstein’s visit to Victoria sends a todah rabah to the congregation for its warm welcome of Rabbi Victor at the shul and at Sunday’s moving lecture at the Jewish Community Centre. Continue reading Congregation gives Rabbi Victor Reinstein a warm welcome

Suppressed music during the Shoah: Making the connection

SnizekSunday,  January 5, 11 am at Jewish Community CentreKolot Mayim invites the congregation to a talk by Dr. Suzanne Snizek  on Suppressed Music during the Shoah on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 11 am in the Jewish Community Centre. Dr. Snizek is a professor of Music at UVIC, and an extremely accomplished concert flautist.  Continue reading Suppressed music during the Shoah: Making the connection

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