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Sustaining Memories Project


The Azrieli Foundation, in partnership with the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, is looking for volunteers that would be willing to be part of an innovative memoir project.

Whether for health reasons, writing ability or emotional vulnerability, today there are many Holocaust survivors who are unable to write their own memoirs. The Sustaining Memories Project is a unique partnership that seeks to address these challenges and ensure that these remarkable stories are preserved. Created in 2011 in Toronto, the project gives interested survivors the opportunity to “write” their memoirs by matching them with trained volunteer to assist them with recording and transcribing their stories.

Currently volunteers are being sought in Montreal for this autumn. The project will consist of one information session (date to be confirmed) followed by two training sessions that will be held on October 16 and October 23, 2016. 

After these sessions, volunteers will be matched with a Holocaust survivor and will arrange to meet with them over the following weeks to interview and record their story. Volunteers will then transcribe the story into a written memoir, which will be presented to the survivor once the editing process is completed.

For more information and to participate please contact Catherine Person at  catherine[at] azrielifoundation [dott] org (subject: The%20Sustaining%20Memories%20Project)