Welcome to the Stories of the Holocaust: Local Memory and Transmission exhibit. This exhibit is the result of a community collaboration between students in a combined undergraduate and graduate seminar on Holocaust and Memory Studies at UVic; members of the local community in Victoria, Vancouver, and Saltspring Island in Western British Columbia; and the University of Victoria Libraries. Working together, these community members and student scholars engaged in a process of storytelling, active listening, and dynamic memory work to present unique and diverse stories of the Holocaust. Please click on the images below to enter the different sections of the exhibit. To learn more about this project, go to the "about the exhibit" tab above.
This exhibit weaves together the story of Dr. Hinda Avery, a former professor, feminist, and an artist, with an exploration of my grandfather’s experience in Holland during the war to tell two stories of resistance.
Micha Menczer is the son of Mottel Menczer. In this exhibit, "My Father's Stories" he explores a collection of short stories by his father, detailing his experiences from before, during, and after the Shoah
Isa Milman is an award winning writer, artist and poet based in Victoria, BC. This exchibit will focus on the story of her parents, Olek & Sabina Milman, and their 1940 deportation to a Siberian Gulag.
As a member of the third generation, Claire speaks and writes about the Holocaust and how trauma transmits across generations. Much of her work focuses on honouring and remembering her family through story and ritual.
Hester was just a teenager when she joined the Van Westering family in their home in the Netherlands. This exhibit details her time with the family as well as what happened after the war when she left to rejoin her own surviving family members.
We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.