As we move from the age of witness to the age of memory, CHES is continuously looking for new initiatives to involve the children and grandchildren of survivors in Ottawa’s community. This ongoing process of engagement, conversation, and commemoration is critical to keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive.
Building upon previous workshops offered for descendants of survivors, CHES is proud to feature presentations by renowned Holocaust historian and author, Dr. Deborah Dwork and Rachael Cerrotti, a young author, educator, a documentary producer, and a storyteller.
Dr. Dwork’s career path was influenced by the survival stories of her aunt and uncle. Dr. Dwork’s topic, Holding on Through Letters: Jewish Families during the Holocaust, based on her book Dear Tante Elisabeth (2016) will focus on the ways that Jewish families in Nazi Europe tried to hold onto each other through letters under wartime conditions. Letters, which were censored and often could not be sent between countries at war with each other, somehow became threads stitching loved ones into each other’s constantly changing daily lives. Among her books are Children with a Star: Jewish Youth in Nazi Europe (1991); Auschwitz, coauthored with Robert van Pelt (1996); Voices and Views: A history of the Holocaust (2002) The Terezin Album of Marianka Zadikow (2008); and In Flight from the Reich (2009).
Rachael Cerrotti is a granddaughter of a survivor from Czechoslovakia. In her presentation, We Share the Same Sky, Rachael Cerrotti will shine a light on her grandmother’s courage and resilience as it reflects in the letters she exchanged with her family in the face of harrowing adversity. Her seven-episode podcast tells the story of Rachael’s decade-long journey to retrace her grandmother’s war story. It was the first ever narrative podcast based on a Holocaust survivor’s testimony.
For more information visit https://chesatottawa.ca/virtual-descendants-event-november-13-2022-200-pm/