"Memoirs from the Fire: Acts of Salvage by a Holocaust Survivor, a Scholar, and a Collector"

When and Where

Thursday, January 27, 2022 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Thursday 27 January 2022 • 2:00 pm ET (Canada and US)

This event will be presented online via Zoom. See details below.

Over several decades, Professor Alain Goldschläger amassed one of the world’s largest and most diverse collections of Holocaust memoirs, with over 3500 volumes in nearly thirty languages from forty-four countries from all the populated continents on the globe, and he has recently donated that collection to the Fisher Library. Our panel, marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, will explore the significance of Holocaust memoirs in the ongoing study and commemoration of the Shoah.


  • Alain Goldschläger (Western University) — compiler of the collection
  • Judy Cohen (Toronto) — a survivor and author of a Holocaust memoir: “A Cry in Unison” (Azrieli Foundation, 2020)
  • Na'ama Shik (International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem) — a researcher who uses Holocaust memoirs


  • Nadav Sharon (Judaica Librarian, University of Toronto)
  • Doris Bergen (Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies)

And with a welcome by Larry P. Alford, University Chief Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries.

Co-sponsored by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair of Holocaust Studies, and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies

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