Holocaust Education & Commemoration

Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program collects, archives, publishes and distributes memoirs and diaries of Holocaust survivors in Canada under the imprint “The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs.” Through this program, the Foundation collaborates and funds many Holocaust Education Centres and Programs from coast-to-coast, in Halifax,  Montreal,  Ottawa,  Toronto,  Hamilton, Calgary, Vancouver and Saskatchewan.

Read news articles about this program:

Holocaust survivor shares his message of survival with Indigenous students in Kenora

Good Morning Sunset Country: Sept. 30.2016 (starts at the 7 minute mark)

Holocaust survivor Nate Leipciger shares emotional story with students

In addition to the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program, the Azrieli Foundation funds:

The Sustaining Memories Project
Created in 2011 in partnership with Ryerson University in Toronto, Sustaining Memories trains adult or mature volunteers to work with Holocaust survivors to assist them in producing a written memoir. Copies of the completed manuscript are given to the survivor and are submitted for possible publication by the Memoirs Program.

The Sustaining Memories Project is expanding to Montreal and Vancouver. In Montreal, the project is working with the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre. In Vancouver, Langara College has created a year-long course called Writing Lives to facilitate the program.

Emergency Funding for Survivors
The Azrieli Foundation provides on-going funding to an estimated 3,000 elderly survivors living in poverty in Canada. Administered by Cummings Centre for Seniors in Montreal, Jewish Family & Child Service of Greater Toronto, Jewish Family Services of Ottawa and Jewish Family Service Agency of Vancouver, the funds are a supplement to money provided through the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (known as the Claims Conference).

For information on how to receive funding, please contact the agency listed above. If you are in a city that does not have an agency, please contact the Cumming Centre in Montreal.

Azrieli Holocaust Collection at Concordia University, Montreal 
The collection presently contains well over 5,000 titles for scholarly research and teaching focused primarily on the history of anti-Semitism and Jewish-Christian relations and their contexts in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the history of Nazi Germany and of the specific events that together comprise the Holocaust; and the impact of the Holocaust on post-Holocaust life and thought with special emphasis on Canada and the United States. Included in the collection are major microfilm collections of government records and trial transcripts, some 400 doctoral dissertations, as well as extensive holdings of survivor memoirs and diaries.

Azrieli Graduate Fellowships in Holocaust Studies at Concordia University, Montreal
This generous graduate fellowship is given annually to Masters or PhD students for outstanding research in the area of destruction of European Jewry in the 20th century.

Azrieli Book and Resource Center at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
The Azrieli Book and Resource Center, designed by David Azireli, sells a wide range of current reference books, multi-media, memoirs and Holocaust literature. The center also offers all of Yad Vashem’s publications as well as educational materials produced by its International School for Holocaust Studies. The Book and Resource Center was established in memory of David Azrieli’s parents, Rafael Hirsch Azrylewicz and Chaya-Sara Gerwer-Azrylewicz, his brother Pinchas and his sister Tsirele, who were murdered in the Shoah.

Azrieli Institute for Teacher Training at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies 
The Azrieli Institute for Teacher Training supports Israeli teachers of all backgrounds to receive appropriate training on teaching the Holocaust at Yad Vashem with an annual endowment. The institute was established to meet the need to properly equip teachers in Israel with the pedagogical tools to effectively conduct Holocaust education in their classroom.

Azrieli Scholarships at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies  
Scholarships are available on an annual basis to two public school teachers in Canada to attend Yad Vashem’s summer program for teachers. Applications are made directly to the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem.

Azrieli Scholarships at Haifa University
There are five scholarships available annually to students in the International Masters of Arts Program in Holocaust Studies. The program recruits and trains students from around the world with the goal of shaping future generations of researchers and educators in the field of Holocaust Studies.

Yad Vashem Publications 
The Azrieli Foundation supports Yad Vashem’s program of memoir and diary publication in Hebrew.

March of the Living
Watch Dr. Naomi Azrieli speak at the March of the Living exhibit opening.