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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After the launch you can see the exhibit, replica book and more on the website:

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

Why Am I Here?

Why am I here.jpgTuesday, November 5 at 4 pm — Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF) Presents the World Premiere of “Why Am I Here?” on Tuesday, November 5, 4 pm at The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street, Victoria sponsored by The Victoria Shoah Project. The film will be followed by Q & A with film subject Julius Maslovat and Executive Producer Helga Thornson.  Tickets:

Long-time Victoria resident Julius Maslovat grew up knowing he was a child survivor of the Holocaust, but had few answers for how and why he lived.  In this locally produced film, which is premiering at the VIJFF, Maslovat describes the chance discoveries and dogged research that allowed him to piece together his remarkable history. Julius Maslovat was among the youngest of only 5,000 children under the age of 16 who survived the Nazi concentration camps. This is his incredible story.  Julius Maslovat often speaks to local groups about how he answered the existential question, “Why Am I Here?”

Kristallnacht 2017

Lorne U & Suzanne D

This year’s commemorative event for Kristallnacht took place on November 9, 2017 at Congregation Emanu-El synagogue and was attended by over two hundred people from various and diverse backgrounds. In addition to the Jewish community, the attendees included leaders from the Christian and Muslim faiths,  law enforcement, First Nations and government. Continue reading Kristallnacht 2017

Kristallnacht 2017

Victoria Shoah ProjectThis year’s commemoration will take place on Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El synagogue. We will be remembering what took place on the evening of November 9, 1938. Kristallnacht targeted Jews solely for who they were with planned attacks of 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 but represents the broken lives, forever changed by this tragedy.

November 9, 1938 was only a hint of greater harm to come. The history of Kristallnacht reminds us of how quickly lives can be shattered. Kristallnacht is not only a painful scar in the pages of Jewish history, but a lesson for all humanity. All of us have a responsibility to respond promptly and loudly at the first appearance of injustices targeting any group. This message is 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.