"The Azrieli Foundation is a Canadian philanthropic organization that funds, operates and partners with a wide range of initiatives and programs in the fields of scientific and medical research, education, architecture and design, Jewish community, Holocaust commemoration and education and the arts." --The Azrieli Foundation website
The Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program
was established by the Azrieli Foundation in 2005 to collect, preserve and share the memoirs and diaries written by survivors of the Holocaust who came to Canada. These powerful first-person accounts of a diverse group of people who lived through the Holocaust, published in both English and French, are distributed free of charge to educational institutions across Canada and many are available in the VHEC library collection.
In 2017, the Azrieli Foundation launched Re:Collection
, an immersive digital platform that utilizes interactive storytelling and innovative design for witnessing, discovering and exploring Holocaust history. Re:Collection offers curated video testimony, excerpts from survivors’ memoirs, personal artifacts and photographs. Visitors to the site can meet survivors and witness their remarkable stories — from pre-war daily life and survival during the Holocaust to liberation and rebirth in the post-war period. Re:Collection is an exceptional resource for investigating life in hiding, camps and ghettos, finding inspiring stories of resistance, and engaging with post-war immigration journeys.