Thunder Bay Museum hosts a traveling exhibit recalling the Holocaust
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Thunder Bay Museum hosts a traveling exhibit recalling the Holocaust

The Thunder Bay Historical Museum has been preserving history since its formation in 1908. The museum’s motto is “Learning Through History.” An upcoming exhibit on the Holocaust is an example of the museum fulfilling that mission. WTIP’s Rhonda Silence reached out to the museum to learn more about an important exhibit opening in Thunder Bay on April 11.*

The exhibit, And in 1948, I came to Canada”: The Holocaust in Six Dates will be at the Thunder Bay Museum until June.

Museum Director Scott Bradley tells WTIP that the travelling exhibition is from the Montreal Holocaust Museum and the purpose is to raise awareness about the genocide of the Jews by presenting its history and reflecting on the impacts of racism and discrimination in society. It commemorates the victims of the Holocaust and honors the survivors who made Canada their new home.

The Museum, in partnership with the Shaarey Shomayim Congregation of Thunder Bay has developed a wide range of complimentary programming for patrons to partake in while the exhibit is in Thunder Bay.

On April 27, the museum hosts a lecture by Dr. Valerie Hébert titled: Nothing is to be gained by creating an internal problem in an effort to meet an International on’: Canada’s Response to the Jewish Refugee Crisis.

The Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society is hosting a concert titled A Song Rings Out: Lost Composers of the Holocaust featuring works by Jewish composers impacted by the Holocaust.  These concerts are being arranged by Michelle Zapf-Belanger, Section Violin, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. The concert will be offered on three dates, May 10, 11 and 12.

Finally, on May 19, the museum will host a lecture by Mark Scharf titled Child of Holocaust Survivors. This program is also being offered free of charge to the Thunder Bay Museum’s partner schools through a webinar format for educators and their classrooms to join.

The museum is located at 425 Donald Street in Thunder Bay. Some of these programs are offered for viewing via Zoom to museum members. For more information, visit the museum website.

Learn more about the current exhibit on the history of the Holocaust in this interview.

* This interview was conducted before the COVID-19 pandemic requirements were in part lifted at the Canadian border. U.S. citizens can now enter Canada upon showing proof of vaccination.