Panel Discussion: "Hungary 1944: The Fate of the Jews and the Roma"

Presented by the Centre for Jewish Studies, the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, and the Azrieli Foundation's Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program.

Featuring a panel discussion by Laszlo Borhi (Indiana University), Gina Csanyi-Robah (Executive Director of the Roma Community Centre in Toronto), Susan Papp (University of Toronto), and author Anna Porter. There will also be a screening of George Stern's short film, based on his memoir: Vanished Boyhood.

A coffee reception to follow. Audience members will a receive complimentary copies of Vanished Boyhood by George Stern and Suddenly the Shadow Fell by Leslie Meisels, generously donated by the Azrieli Foundation's Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program.

More about Vanished Boyhood:

One month before George Stern's thirteenth birthday, Germany invades his native Hungary. Anti-Jewish edicts are passed and a ghetto is established. A rebel even then, George refuses to wear the Jewish star. "Passing" as a Christian boy, he survives the siege of Budapest as the Soviet Red Army presses closer, strafing the city while the fascist Arrow Cross continues to hunt for Jews. After the war, George leaves Europe for Israel and fights in the War of Independence. Over the next 20 years his family's journeys take them from Israel to São Paulo, Brazil and finally to Toronto. Filled with determination and bravery, this is also the poignant account of George Stern's Vanished Boyhood.

More about the Azrieli Foundation's Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program:

The Azrieli Foundation's Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program collects and publishes the written first-person memoirs of Holocaust survivors who made their way to Canada after the war. With a focus on education about tolerance and diversity, the program distributes print editions of the memoirs free of charge to libraries, schools and Holocaust-education programs across Canada. These personal stories bring history to lifethey put a face on what was lost and allow readers to grasp the enormity of what happened—one story at a time. They offer us a way to teach and study history that complements text books by allowing us to identify with the authorsnot only with their inspiring accounts of survival but also with their experience of being immigrants in a new country.

The Azrieli Series of Short Films are intimate personal profiles of our authors. In these films the authors reflect on their histories from childhood through to their experiences during the war to their present lives in Canada. A portion of each film includes the author reading from their published memoir, combined with animation, to bring the account to life. This multimedia approach to our memoirs through film captures our living authors for posterity, and enables us to reach more people for generations to come. Visit their website for a complete list of our books and films.

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 4:00pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room 100, 170 St. George Street