Since 2005, the mission of the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program has been to connect educators and students to first-hand accounts of Holocaust survivors who immigrated to Canada after the war. We believe that learning about a survivor’s experiences is a powerful way to help students grasp the enormity of what happened during the Holocaust. There are many ways to bring survivor voices into the classroom, such as by reading a memoir, exploring online video testimony and inviting a survivor to visit.
Our strategic approach to Holocaust education emphasizes the importance of grounding individual stories within the broader historical context. Survivors’ experiences can only be properly understood with some knowledge of the precursors, key phases and aftermath of the Holocaust.
Grade 6 to 12
Catherine Person received her MA in History and Management of European and French Heritage from Sorbonne Université in 2008. She has worked at the Montreal Holocaust Museum, served as a historical consultant for the French Ministry of Culture and the National Trust, and participated in Oxford Archaeology research projects related to World War I and II sites in Northern France. In her current position at the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program, Catherine Person connects teachers and students across Canada with Holocaust education resources and organizes academic conferences in French Canada to support scholarly engagement with survivor testimony.