Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs

  1. Max Bornstein retrace le parcours d’un petit garçon juif né dans une famille pauvre en Pologne dans les années 1920. À 2 ans, il émigre au Canada, mais retourne en Europe en 1933, l’année de l’accession de Hitler au pouvoir. Réfugié apatride dans le Paris des années 1930, il réussit à fuir lors de la prise de la capitale par les nazis, mais sera interné dans un camp de concentration en Espagne. Citoyen de nulle part décrit la longue errance physique et psychologique vécue par un jeune homme juif emporté dans la tourmente politique de son époque.

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  2. The son of a diamond merchant in Antwerp’s famous diamond exchange, Paul-Henri Rips was ten years old when the Nazis invaded Belgium in May 1940 and ended what he calls his “golden childhood” forever. Vividly told from a child’s perspective, this fascinating account explores the experiences of one family against the backdrop of large-scale events. Guided throughout by his father’s words of wisdom – “A klapt vargayt, a wort bestayt” (A blow will go away again, but a word lasts forever) and “Sei a mensch” (Be a decent human being) – Rips conveys his unwavering belief in the importance of holding on to one’s own humanity in the face of unfathomable inhumanity.

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  3. Felix Opatowski is only fifteen years old when he takes on the perilous job of smuggling goods out of the Lodz ghetto in exchange for food for his starving family. It is a skill that will serve him well as he tries to stay alive in Nazi-occupied Poland. With dogged determination, Felix endures months of harrowing conditions in the ghetto and slave labour camps until he is deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in the spring of 1943. Gatehouse to Hell is a candid and heart-rending account of a teenage boy who comes of age in desperate conditions, putting himself at risk to help others, forming bonds of friendship and holding onto hope for the future.

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  4. Nearly buried alive, 10-year-old Michael Kutz narrowly escapes the Nazi death squad that has killed 4,000 Jews, including his own family, in his hometown of Nieswiez. Guided by his mother’s last words and determined to survive, he becomes the youngest member of a partisan resistance group in the dense Belorussian forest, taking part in daring operations against the Nazis and their collaborators. After the war, Michael embarks on an odyssey through Czechoslovakia, Austria, Italy, and, finally, Canada, as he tries to find a home where he can leave the horrors of his past behind. Translated from the original Yiddish, If, By Miracle is the gripping and compelling story of a courageous and resilient young boy searching for freedom.

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  5. Max Bornstein’s epic account of surviving as a Polish child born into desperate poverty; a boy who lived in Canada for ten years but returned to Europe in 1933, the year that Adolf Hitler came to power; and a stateless refugee in 1930s Paris who managed to escape as France fell to the Nazis only to be interned in a Spanish camp, is breathtaking in scope. Max Bornstein’s unusual candour in recounting his struggles with mental health add powerful dimension to his Holocaust survival. If Home Is Not Here gives rare insights into the experiences of an undocumented Jewish boy who is caught up in political forces beyond his control.

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Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs

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The Azrieli Series Short Films are intimate profiles of the authors of the Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs. In the short films, the authors reflect on their histories from childhood through to their experiences during the war to their present


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The Azrieli Series Short Films are intimate profiles of the authors of the Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs. In the short films, the authors reflect on their histories from childhood through to their experiences during the war to their present lives in Canada. More than half a century later, the diversity of stories allow readers to put a face on what was lost, and to grasp the enormity of what happened to six million Jews - one story at a time.
The Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program was established by the Azrieli Foundation in 2005 to collect, preserve and share the memoirs and diaries written by survivors of the twentieth-century Nazi genocide of the Jews of Europe who later made their way to Canada. The program is guided by the conviction that such stories play an important role in education about tolerance and diversity.
The memoirs – published in English and French under the imprint of The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs – are distributed free-of-charge to libraries and educational institutions and are for sale at bookstores. The program’s professional editorial and research staff fact-check the accounts and offer readers supplementary material, user-friendly glossaries, introductions written by experts, and maps.

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