The AJC’s 19th Annual Holocaust Education Week (HEW): November 1-7, 2022

All programs are FREE and open to the public.


Tuesday, November 1 | 6:30PM | Paul O’Regan Hall, Central Library | 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax.

Menachem Kaiser, guest speaker, in an interview with Olga Milosevich.

Opening remarks: U.S Consul General Lyra Carr.

Menachem Kaiser’s debut memoir, Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi Treasure (2021), about his attempt to reclaim ancestral property, and his surprising entanglement with Nazi treasure hunters, was widely acclaimed. It was a New York Times’s Editor’s Choice; named a best book of the month by Christian Science Monitor; ‘Pick of the Week’ by People Magazine; awarded the prestigious Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature; and the book was a recipient of the 2021 Canadian Jewish Literary Awards. 

Menachem grew up in Toronto and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the University of Michigan. Menachem was a Fulbright Fellow to Lithuania where he was a visiting professor in Jewish Studies and American Literature and did ground-breaking research on the Vilna Ghetto.

Olga Milosevich studied music at the University of British Columbia, and then Broadcast Journalism at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. In 1983, she moved to Halifax for a job with the CBC. She hosted 2 CBC Radio network shows, “Weekender” and “Music Alive” and worked as host and producer of the regional arts show “Connections” and produced a daily arts report for “Mainstreet”. She retired in July 2012. In November 2012, in recognition of her community service, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

U.S Consul General Lyra S. Carr, a career Foreign Service Officer since 2003, Lyra came to Halifax after serving as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Visa Services in Washington DC. A native of southern California, Lyra is a graduate of Stanford University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies and a Master of Arts in German Studies. Lyra is the recipient of several State Department Superior and Meritorious Honor awards, as well as a special commendation for outstanding service in the civil division issued by U.S. Department of Justice. 


Thursday, November 3 | 6:30PM | Bronfman Theatre, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 | 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax.

Laurence Siegel’s dance film: Footprints Labnyomok, Hungary (50 minutes), followed by a discussion with filmmaker Laurence Siegel.

Footprints/Labnyomok, a moving contemporary dance film, shot in Budapest at the site of the “Shoes” sculpture on the Danube pays tribute to the nearly half million Hungarian Jews murdered in the Holocaust. In 1944, the Hungarian Arrow-Cross Militia gathered Jews of Budapest to the bank of the Danube and shot them into the river. In 2005, sculptor Gyula Pauer honoured those lives by creating 60 pairs of iron shoes along the Danube’s embankment.

Laurence Siegel is the Toronto based director and producer of Footprints Labnyomok. Siegel has had an extensive career in the arts since the 1970s having worked in radio and television, arts management, education, consulting, and photography. Mr. Siegel has been producing and directing dance films since 2009.



Sunday, November 6 | 2PM | Rowe Hall, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 | 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax.

Keynote Speaker: Holocaust survivor, TBA, Azrieli Foundation.



Monday, November 7 | Student program + live stream | Rowe Hall, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 | 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax. REGISTRATION REQUIRED (Edna LeVine: engagement at

Holocaust survivor, TBA, Azrieli Foundation.


The Atlantic Jewish Council presents HEW, co-sponsored, and with the support of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, University of King’s College, Halifax Central Library and the Azrieli Foundation.



October 28, 2022: NS Social Studies Teachers Association Conference | Educators registration: NSSSTA |
Session: Holocaust Education Program for Educators

The Azrieli Foundation Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program: Marc-Olivier Cloutier, Manager of Education Initiatives, The Azrieli Foundation, Montréal, QC.

Edna LeVine, Director of Community Engagement, Atlantic Jewish Council, Halifax, NS.

All HEW programs are made possible, in part, by a generous grant from The Azrieli Foundation.


  1. Jennifer Solomon on October 23, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you for making this accessible

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  3. Rosalie o. Collier on November 3, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    So grateful this program has come to spite 21, I have been reading a great deal on the Holocaust fiction and nonfiction. This world is again experiencing the rise of dictatorships around the world, we see the growing bad behaviour associated with discrimination and it is my hope that our children around the world is rightfully taught that yes there was a Holocaust and millions – families (children and the aged) were sent to the crematoriums as ordered by Hitler and his henchmen to wipe out all of those of Jewish blood, communists, gypsies, those who were handicapped and of new use to Hitler’s dream of a pure German race.
    For those who survived and their extended families my heartfelt sympathies and love to you.

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