This film was made possible by the brilliant minds of the participants, whose in-depth analysis of the concepts of memory and memorialization has illuminated the path forward for all those interested in Holocaust commemoration.
Samuel Bak is a world-renowned artist and Holocaust survivor. Bak’s artistic talent was first recognized during an exhibition of his work in the Ghetto of Vilna when he was nine. Bak’s work has been shown at more than a hundred solo museum and gallery exhibitions in Europe, America, and Israel, one at the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück and a major retrospective at the museum of Holocaust art at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial and study center in Jerusalem.
Esther Shalev-Gerz is an internationally recognized artist whose works challenge the practice of portraiture and consider how its qualities may contribute to contemporary discourse about the politics of representation. Inquiring into transitional qualities of time and space and the correlative transformation of identities, locales and (hi)stories she has produced a body of work that records, critiques, and contributes to our understandings of the societal roles and value of artistic practice. Past works include Monument Against Fascism in Hamburg (with Jochen Gerz), Between Listening and Telling: Last Witnesses, Auschwitz 1945-2005 and The Human Aspect of Objects, The Buchenwald Memorial.
Robert Kleyn is a Canadian architect, visual artist, and writer. He began making photo-conceptual and video works in Vancouver in the early 1970s, and has shown his artwork in North America and Europe. He apprenticed as an architect in Rome and studied architecture at University of British Columbia. His writings have been published in art magazines Z/G, Tema Celeste, Arts, Vanguard, and in numerous exhibition catalogues. He has taught at several universities and practices in Vancouver as Robert Kleyn Architect, specializing in art gallery and cultural projects.
Hossein Amanat established his reputation as a young graduate in 1966 by winning a nationwide competition to design the Shahyad Freedom Monument in Tehran, which has since become the symbol of modern Iran. This first architectural project led to the opportunity to create some of Iran’s most prestigious modern buildings including handicraft centers, universities, and libraries. Since moving to Canada in 1980, he has designed the World Administrative Center of the Baha’i Faith in Haifa, Israel, university libraries and factories in China, residential condominiums in Santa Monica, a temple in Samoa, religious and cultural centers near Dallas, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
For over 20 years, Daniel Roehr has worked as a landscape architect in Europe, North America and Asia. From 1995 to 2000, he was project architect of the award winning Daimler-Chrysler Green Roof Project, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany. Before moving to Vancouver, Canada to become an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia, he ran his own firm in Berlin from 1999 to 2007, and was co-founder of a firm in Shanghai in 2004. Daniel Roehr is co-author of the book Living Roofs in Integrated Urban Water Systems (2015).
Les Klein is a co-founder of Quadrangle Architects in Toronto, Canada. Les is committed to the idea that urban design, city building and architectural excellence all play vital roles in enhancing the quality of community life. He was inducted into the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 1995, and has served on the RAIC National Board of Directors since 2011. Les has taught at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, and has been a visiting critic at the University of Waterloo and York University.
Alan Schwartz is the managing director of Terraplan, landscape architecture firm in Toronto, Canada. In addition, Alan heads Lonsdale Holdings, which provides art advisory services to individuals and corporations throughout North America. Alan has had a distinguished career as a partner in a Toronto law firm, the Vice Chairman of an investment management firm, and the Vice Chairman of a securities firm. He has served on the Board of Directors of a significant number of not-for-profit organizations and institutions and as the chief fundraiser and strategist for several prominent Canadian politicians.
Debórah Dwork is the Rose Professor of Holocaust History and Founding Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. Professor Dwork’s books include her now classic Children With A Star. Recognizing that history focused on the adult world, Dwork imagined a new “child-centered” approach. A wholly original theoretical development, Dwork’s child-centered history opened a fresh area of historical investigation. Another book, Auschwitz, co-authored with Robert Jan van Pelt, received the National Jewish Book Award, the Spiro Kostoff Award, and was voted a Best Book by the German Book Critics.
Jeffrey Koerber is the first Research Associate and Holocaust History Fellow to join the History Department at Chapman University. In addition to his focus on teaching Holocaust history courses, he contributes to the multi-faceted outreach programs of the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education. Mr. Koerber is a doctoral candidate in Holocaust history at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture and practiced historic preservation architecture in Chicago for a decade and a half. His experience with the conservation of physical spaces inspired him in the fall of 2000 to study European Holocaust memorial sites.
Daniel Libeskind is an architect, artist and professor. His buildings include the Jewish Museum Berlin, Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, as well as Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen. He won the competition to be the master plan architect for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site in New York. He founded Studio Daniel Libeskind in 1989 with his wife, Nina, and is its principal design architect. Studio Libeskind is a world-renowned architecture studio composed of architects and designers that believe architecture is a practice of optimism.
Gail Dexter Lord is one of the world’s foremost museum planners and is a principal of Lord Cultural Resources. Her in-depth knowledge of museum audiences and sensitivity to cultural resources that all communities have, as well as their need to nurture and develop those resources for the public benefit, makes Gail particularly effective in planning for innovative approaches to cultural organizations such as the National African American Museum of History and Culture, the new branch of the Smithsonian on the National Mall in Washington, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the master plan for Harvard University Museums, and the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco.
Dov Goldstein is an experienced producer and manager of permanent and temporary exhibitions and trade shows for both public and private sector. As a Director of Exhibitions for Canada’s leading design center, the Design Exchange, Dov developed, produced and managed well over 50 design exhibitions. As a Lord Cultural Resource’s Senior Consultant, Dov has participated and led visioning workshops, strategic planning, market analysis and project management for a variety of projects, including the National Center for Jewish Heritage in Toronto, The Bahrain National Monument, and the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture.
Carla Swickerath is a CEO of Studio Libeskind and has lead many of the Studio’s successful project teams from concept design through to completion—including the Crystals retail complex at CityCenter in Las Vegas, the Hyundai Haeundae Udong I-Park residential development in Busan, Korea, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Ms. Swickerath has also led the complex World Trade Center redevelopment process from the initial competition phase to the present. She earned a Masters in Architecture from the University of Michigan, following undergraduate studies in English and Art History at the University of Florida.
In 1995, Claude Cormier founded his Montreal-based landscape design office. He studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto, and History & Theory of Design at Harvard University. Over the past decade, Claude Cormier Architects has produced an iconic body of work that has been recognized internationally. Claude was selected as an Emerging Voice for North America by the Architectural League of New York. He has taught at the University of Montreal and has lectured across Canada and the United States.
Gilles Saucier is a co-founder of Saucier + Perrotte Architects, a Montreal-based firm that has redefined contemporary architecture in Canada. Their portfolio evidences a wide range of building types, from the First Nations Garden in Montreal to larger institutional works such as the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Waterloo. Gilles Saucier and André Perrotte are the first recipients of the new Prix du Québec, the Prix Ernest-Cormier, highest distinction awarded to a person for his body of work and his career in the field of architecture and design.
Irene Szylinger founded Art Strategies in 1985. The company offers comprehensive services in the acquisition and commissioning of works of art for private, corporate, and institutional collections. Irene holds an Honors Fine Arts degree from Concordia University and a Masters in Museum Studies and Art History from the University of Toronto. She has taught Art History at the University of Toronto and York University and concurrently worked at the Royal Ontario Museum in a curatorial position providing cataloging and collections management services. Irene was a Trustee of the National Gallery of Canada.
For over thirty years Janet Rosenberg has been involved in the design and implementation of public and private realm landscapes. In honour of her contributions to the field of landscape architecture, Janet has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Ryerson University. She has also received a prestigious Urban Leadership Award from the Canadian Urban Institute, the OALA’s Pinnacle Award for Landscape Architectural Excellence, and the Governor General of Canada Confederation Medal.
Julian Bonder is an architect and professor at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Together with an artist and Harvard professor Krzysztof Wodiczko they formed a partnership Wodiczko+Bonder. Wodiczko + Bonder focuses on art and design projects that engage public space and raise the issues of social memory, survival, and struggle and emancipation related to urban and domestic violence, war and post war trauma, immigration and global displacement, the Holocaust and genocides, the Desaparecidos (in Argentina), the Civil War, and historical and present day slavery. Their recent projects include The Memorial for Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, France.
James E. Young is Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies. Professor Young is the author of At Memory’s Edge: After-images of the Holocaust in Contemporary Art and Architecture, The Texture of Memory and Writing and Rewriting the Holocaust. He served on the design selection committee for Memorial to Europe’s Murdered Jews in Berlin as well as for 9/11 Memorial in New York. Professor Young is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, ACLS Fellowship and a Yad Hanadiv Fellowship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Michael Berenbaum is the Director of the Sigi Zieirng Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust and a Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University. The author and editor of 20 books, he was also the Executive Editor of the Encyclopaedia Judaica. He was Project Director overseeing the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Director of its Research Institute and later served as President and CEO of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which took the testimony of 52,000 Holocaust survivor in 32 languages and 57 countries. His work in film has won Emmy Awards and Academy Awards.
Miriam Katin is a Holocaust survivor and graphic novels author. Her debut graphic novel, the 2006 memoir We Are On Our Own, was a unique portrait of how one family survived World War II. The book received Grand Prix de la Critique 2008 and ACBD, l’Association des Critiques et Journalistes de Bande Dessinee. Her second graphic novel Letting It Go shows Katin dealing with her son’s recent move to Berlin. As she struggles to accept his decision, she visits the city twice. What she witnesses firsthand is a city coming to terms with its traumatic past, much as Katin herself. A serious account of the myriad ways trauma inflects daily existence both for survivors and their families.
Leslie Starobin is a photographer and montage artist. She is a Professor of Communication Arts at Framingham State University where she specializes in photography, visual communications, and the history of photography. Starobin is a recipient of numerous grants including the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation of the Arts, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Her current series of still-life montages is entitled The Last Address. Notable past photographic series include Dancer’s Feet, The Dead Sea: Mirror of Time, and Shadows Across the Promised Land.
Ralph Appelbaum founded Ralph Appelbaum Associates in 1978 which is now the world’s largest museum exhibition design firm. It creates award-winning museum exhibitions, visitor centers, and educational environments that explore natural history, physical sciences, cultural, social, and corporate history, sports, brand heritage, and the fine arts. The firm has created over 500 projects that are visited by over 50 million people each year. Past commissions include the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow, Russia.
Dr. Mark Kristmanson is a chief executive officer (CEO) of the National Capital Commission whose role is to champion the interests of Ottawa and surrounding region as the nation’s capital. This includes planning of monument and museum sites, events such as Canada Day, and major streetscapes such as Confederation Boulevard, linking key attractions in National Capital Region, on both sides of the Ottawa river.