Fri, Feb 22nd, 7:00pm–9:00pm
152 Tannery Road, Lunenburg, NS
On Friday, February 22nd at 7 p.m., at 152 Tannery Road in Lunenburg, Lexicon Books will sell books for the Lunenburg launch of “The Montreal Shtetl: Making Home After the Holocaust”, by Zelda Abramson and John Lynch.
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As the Holocaust is memorialized worldwide through education programs and commemoration days, the common perception is that after survivors arrived and settled in their new homes they continued on a successful journey from rags to riches. While this story is comforting, a closer look at the experience of Holocaust survivors in North America shows it to be untrue. The arrival of tens of thousands of Jewish refugees was palpable in the streets of Montreal and their impact on the existing Jewish community is well-recognized. But what do we really know about how survivors’ experienced their new community? Drawing on more than 60 interviews with survivors, hundreds of case files from Jewish Immigrant Aid Services, and other archival documents, The Montreal Shtetl presents a portrait of the daily struggles of Holocaust survivors who settled in Montreal, where they encountered difficulties with work, language, culture, health care, and a Jewish community that was not always welcoming to survivors.
By reflecting on how institutional supports, gender, and community relationships shaped the survivors’ settlement experiences, Abramson and Lynch show the relevance of these stories to current state policies on refugee immigration.
Thu, Feb 28th, 7:30pm
STU Black Box Theatre, St. Thomas University, 51 Dineen Drive, Fredericton, NB
Tue, Apr 16th, 7:00pm
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS
Mon, Apr 29th, 7:00pm
Sponsored by Drawn and Quarterly and the Montreal Holocaust Museum, Montreal, QC
Sun, May 5th, 7:00pm–9:00pm
Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, ON