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“I should like someone to remember that there once lived a person named David Berger.”

David Berger, Vilna 1941

Why Use Testimony?

Countless students and educators have discovered that studying and teaching the Holocaust can be a transformative learning experience.  Personal testimony, allows learners to discover how history affected individuals, families, and communities. Testimonies included in the Canadian Collection are examples of oral history which engages learners of all levels with the consequences of human behavior of individuals, thereby developing empathy with those targeted by Nazi persecution.

For many learners, understanding the range of human behaviour represented by the categories of Victim, Bystander, Perpetrator and Rescuer makes the Holocaust a story for all of humanity. The curated collection of testimony excerpts used on this site represent just a fraction of the testimonies found in the Canadian Collection, available for viewing through the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive. To access the entire collection, visit the Neuberger, Ekstein Library.

The Neuberger’s Essential Resource

For over 36 years, the Neuberger has showcased some of the leading voices in Holocaust education through its annual Holocaust Education Week (HEW) programming. Now, the Neuberger is proud to announce this collection of essays written by past HEW Scholars and Educators-in-Residence.

Titled Holocaust Education in Pedagogy, History, and Practice this publication is essential reading for teachers at all levels, and learners from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Topics include The Holocaust as World History by Doris L. Bergen, Untrumpable: Auschwitz, the Other Camps, and the Memory of the Holocaust by Robert Jan van Pelt, The Poetry of Artefacts: Teaching Through Fragments Left Behind by Karen Shawn and many others.