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The Future of Holocaust Remembrance

Thursday, 5 November, 2020 18 Cheshvan 5781

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Jessica Bush graduated with an MA from the University of Toronto’s Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. Her research is rooted in the history of the Holocaust in France, with a particular focus on women’s experiences of occupation and the Holocaust and the treatment of women in French postwar discourse. She completed her BA in Honours History at U of T.


Frederik Hayward is a cultural historian and researcher who has spent his academic and professional life asking questions about the future of Holocaust remembrance. His focus has been on the revitalization of former synagogue spaces in Germany, seeking to understand how the institutionalization of public art both furthers and impedes the process of collective remembrance. Currently, he is working at the cultural office of the Germany Embassy in Ottawa. 


Sara-Jane Vigneault is a second-year master's student at the University of Toronto's Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies with the Collaborative Program in Jewish Studies. Under the supervision of Dr. Doris Bergen, her dissertation will explore the author Irène Némirovsky's late work's survival Suite Française and her daughters' working-through process through archival research, methodological application, and the use of fiction and postmemory literature. Her presentation will address an overview of her current project and assesses the potent use of art and fiction as a working-through mechanism, where the performative index offered a countervailing force that granted the daughters the ability to mourn.

Sara-Jane is also currently working as a research assistant for the Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair in Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto while working with Dr. Susan Solomon on her new documentary Après Coup on children of the Holocaust and Rwandan genocide. Sara-Jane received a few distinctions such as the Gewurz Scholarship for Women's Leadership, the Shiff Family Graduate Scholarship in Jewish Studies, the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).


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