Audiovisual records

Title NoteTitle of series based on record format.
Extent & Medium8 video cassettes : miniDv
1 video cassette : VHS
1 video cassette : Hi8
Administrative/Biographical HistoryThe Gesher Project was a multidisciplinary and intergenerational project which employed creative approaches and discussion to bridge generations and heal Holocaust trauma. Bridge translates to gesher in Hebrew and was an important theme underpinning the project. The project was led by Alina Wydra, psychologist, Dale Adams Segal, writing facilitator, Linda Frimer, art facilitator, and Reisa Schneider, scribe and co-coordinator. They worked with a group of eighteen Holocaust survivors, child survivors and second generation survivors in Vancouver, BC, who spent eighty hours together over a period of six months, talking, writing and painting. Participants created both collective and individual artworks and writings and explored the psychological and intergenerational dimensions of the aftermath of the Holocaust on families and individuals. The Gesher Project was self-exploratory and guided by themes and chronology rather than individual stories.

The project culminated in an exhibition, The Gesher Project: Bridging Holocaust Trauma, which opened at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in 1999. The exhibition travelled to Victoria and Kelowna, then, with assistance from the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre and the Gesher committee, to cities across Canada, including Montreal, London, Burnaby, Calgary and Saskatoon. In connection with these exhibitions, participants in the project conducted workshops, school programs and related events. Participants were: Jean Adler, Mary Adlersberg, Lillian Boraks-Nemetz, Barbara Bluman, Marion Cassirer, Nurit Fox, Bernard Goldberg, Robert Grosz, Frances Hoyd, Andrew Jordan, Gabriella Klein, Rosa Marel, Malka Pischanitskaya, Deborah Ramm-West, Marianne Rev, Sidi Schaffer, Louise Stein-Sorensen and Elsa Weinstein. One anonymous survivor withdrew from the project.
Scope & ContentSeries is comprised of home video recordings of project participants, group meetings, crating and shipments of artworks, exhibition installation and openings in Burnaby and Kelowna, and a copy of a professionally produced video introduction to the Gesher Project displayed in exhibitions.
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferVideo cassettes in series donated to the VHEC by Sidi Schaffer in 2019.
NoteMiniDV and Hi8 tapes were copied onto VHS by the Gesher Project. VHS copies discarded and original MiniDV and Hi8 tapes retained. Tape recordings have been digitized and are available in .mp4 and .mov formats.
System of ArrangementVideo recordings in series arranged in the chronological order of their creation.
RightsIdentity of videographer(s) is unknown

Collection Contents

Records in this fonds were generated and accumulated as a result of the coordination and facilitation of, and participation in, the Gesher Project and the resulting exhibition that toured to galleries across Canada from 1999 to 2003. Records include photographs, creative writings, participant biographies, correspondence, promotional material, visitor comments, media clippings, lyrics, notes, reference material and video documentation.

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