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Media Release
October 23, 2018
Halifax, NS

Holocaust Education Week at the Museum 2018

The 15th annual Holocaust Education Week in Halifax is a week of programs curated to commemorate the tragedy of the Holocaust and to perpetuate the memory of its happening through education and testimonies. In partnership with the Atlantic Jewish Council and the Azrieli Foundation, the Museum is pleased to offer two special free events:

Chaos to Canvas: An evening with Maxwell Smart, author and Holocaust Survivor: Maxwell Smart immigrated to Canada in 1948 through the War Orphans Project. Since his arrival in Canada, he has lived in Montreal, where he has become a successful businessman and artist, opening his own art gallery in 2006. His story, Chaos to Canvas is published by the Azrieli Foundation as part of their Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program. The Program was established by the Azrieli Foundation in 2005 to collect, preserve and share the memoirs and diaries written by survivors of the twentieth-century Nazi genocide of the Jews of Europe who later made their way to Canada. Naomi Azrieli, Chair and CEO of the Azrieli Foundation, says hearing survivors’ stories is an integral part of understanding the Holocaust. “It is the personal stories that brings history to life, allowing readers to grasp the enormity of what happened – one story at a time. The Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program is guided by the conviction that such stories play an important role in education about tolerance and diversity.” The Museum is pleased to welcome Maxwell Smart for his presentation and reading on Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. A limited number of copies of Chaos to Canvas will be available free for attendees.

Were the House Still Standing: Film presentation and talk with Dr. Robert Katz: Co-created by Dr. Robert Katz, Professor of Art at the University of Maine, Augusta, Were the House Still Standing (WTHSS) is a permanent installation at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Maine, NE. The film is an innovative, audio-visual project that was commissioned to remember the testimonies of 16 Holocaust survivors and liberators. Beginning with music and tranquil imagery taken from the natural world, the film gradually introduces its darker subject matter. As it subtly moves from depictions of bucolic tranquillity to contemplation of human suffering, WTHSS allows for unexpected reflection and stillness. WTHSS is a remarkable contribution to the history of documentary film about the Holocaust. The Museum is pleased to welcome Dr. Robert Katz for the screening, presentation and reception to follow on Monday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m.


"My past can never be part of my future because hatred does not blend with happiness. Hatred kills, it incites racism, creates anti-Semitism, genocides and wars – it created my past, and this should never happen again." - Maxwell Smart, Holocaust survivor and author of Chaos to Canvas


Media Contact
Beatrice Houston Gilfoy, Communications Specialist
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Telephone: (902) 425-7770 ext. 264 C : (902) 430-3986

About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 collects, shares and pays tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Museum is situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for nearly one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. Today, the Museum shares the stories and experiences of all immigrants to Canada, past to present day. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada.