The Victoria Shoah Project is honoured to host, along with the University of Victoria, the Canadian launch of a stunning new graphic book, But I Live. Described as “the most powerful collection of non-fiction graphic novellas of the Holocaust since Art Spiegelman’s Maus,” But I Live is the first volume from a pathbreaking partnership led by congregant Charlotte Schallié.
Pairing Holocaust survivors with contemporary artists to create haunting and beautiful stories of resilience and survival, the book elucidates, in the words of Holocaust scholar Henry Greenspan, “the complex relationships between story and image in Holocaust recounting. It is equally a book about relationships . . . between the artists and the survivors and then all of us who are . . . drawn into their vital conversations.”
We hope that many in our community will join a discussion of this important work at a roundtable including Charlotte, artist Miriam Libicki, and survivor David Schaffer.
Mark your calendars for September 11, at 2-4 p.m. at the beautiful Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion, with ample parking on site. Refreshments will be served during a book signing to follow the presentation.
Summary of event details
Date: September 11, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Esquimalt Gorge Park Pavilion, 1070 Tillicum Road, Victoria
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Students in the Holocaust and Memory Studies course offered by the UVic Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies worked one-on-one with community members from Victoria, Vancouver, and Salt Spring Island to prepare these unique stories of the Holocaust for presentation. The exhibit centers not only on the actual stories themselves, but also on notions of relationship building, storytelling and transmission, as well as memory work, inter-generational trauma, and active remembering.
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Fridays starting January 12 from 10:30 – 11:45 am — Join the new UVic Jewish Co-Chaplain, Julia Herzog (the other Jewish Co-Chaplain is Mike Goldstein) along with Dr. Stephanie Marchal for a weekly Friday morning meditation taking place between 10:30 and 11:45 am at the UVic Interfaith Chapel.
All are welcome to practice and learn together as different forms of Jewish meditation and contemplation are explored. For more information, email email@example.com.
Thursday, December 7 — Join the UVIC Jewish chaplains, Hillel BC and University food services on Thursday, December 7 — 3:30 – 5:00 pm at University Centre in the Mystic Market for an early celebration of Hanukkah!
Following the ceremony enjoy live music by Kouskus and traditional Jewish food including potato latkes, jelly doughnuts and other treats.
Everyone is welcome!!! Free admission!
Application due date: September 05, 2017 — The University of Victoria needs a part-time volunteer Jewish Chaplain who can provide on campus support for Jewish students who are far from home and seeking answers to their questions from a Jewish perspective. You don’t have to be a Rabbi to do this job. You just need to have a good heart; a reasonable working knowledge of Jewish values, culture, and ritual; good communication skills; openness to diversity in all its forms; and some free time. Continue reading UVic needs Jewish Chaplain