Memoirs from the Fire: Lecture Now Online

The Wolfe Lecture on the Holocaust, marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, is now available via the Fisher's YouTube channel.

Over several decades, Professor Alain Goldschläger amassed one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of Holocaust memoirs: over 3,500 volumes in nearly 30 languages from 44 countries from all the populated continents on the globe. Prof. Goldschläger has recently donated that collection to the Fisher Library. It was celebrated with the annual Wolfe Lecture on the Holocaust, marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27. The panel explored the significance of Holocaust memoirs in the ongoing study and commemoration of the Shoah.

The Panelists:

  • Alain Goldschläger (Western University) — compiler of the collection
  • Judy Cohen (Toronto) — a survivor and author of a Holocaust memoir: “A Cry in Unison” (Azrieli Foundation, 2020)
  • Na'ama Shik (International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem) — a researcher who uses Holocaust memoirs

The Moderators:

  • Nadav Sharon (Judaica Librarian, University of Toronto) 
  • Doris Bergen (Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies)

It also included a welcome by Larry P. Alford, University Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries.

This event was co-sponsored by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair of Holocaust Studies, and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies.