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24 October 2017

Hate is a Failure of Imagination – A Literary Collage

Holocaust Education Week 2017 Welcomes Gregorij von Leïtis for an Evening of Literary Readings

In partnership with the Goethe Institute Toronto and the Martin Luther Evangelical Church, the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre welcomes Gregorij von Leïtis and Michael Lahr to Holocaust Education Week 2017. The Artistic Director of Elysium – Between Two Continents, Gregorij von Leïtis studied art history and theatre science at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. He also studied acting with Helen von Münchhofen and Herbert Mensching in Munich, and with Lee Strasberg in New York. He has had a distinguished career in the performing arts for over 40 years, working in the United States as well as across Europe. During this inspiring program, Gregorij von Leïtis will read texts by such notables as pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, poet and author Georg Kafka, playwright Paul Aron Sandfort, cabaret artist Leo Strauss, composer Viktor Ullmann, and poet Ilse Weber.

The very essence of this literary collage is a testament to the power of imagination and to the profound love and humanity of the artists who were imprisoned in the ghetto and concentration camp Theresienstadt. These poignant and moving texts demonstrate the unshakable hope, that human decency will prevail and that humanity will be stronger than all the attempts to crush it. Especially today it is more important than ever, to carry this message of hope, this strong positive signal out into the world. The life-affirming words of these artists can encourage us today, to break through the spiral of hate, violence and destruction.

Joining Gregorij von Leïtis is Michael Lahr, Executive Director of the Lahr von Leïtis Academy & Archive. He will contextualise the readings thereby reaffirming that love is indeed stronger than hate. Michael gives introductory comments for all Elysium programs and lectures regularly on questions of general social and political significance.  Save the date for the unique opportunity to engage in education, culture, and learning that will leave you feeling inspired and hopeful. It’s an evening that you will not want to miss.

Sunday, 5 November  2017, at 7.00 pm
Martin Luther Church
2379 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Toronto, Ontario M8V 1B7

Under the patronage of Prof. Felix Kolmer, Advisor to the Foundation for Holocaust Victims.

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Carson Phillips Ph.D.

Written byCarson Phillips Ph.D.

Carson Phillips holds a Ph.D. in Humanities from York University, Toronto, Canada and is Managing Director of the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. He served as a Canadian delegate to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance from 2009-2014 and currently continues as an advisor to the Funding Review Committee. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member at Graz College, USA.

He is the recipient of numerous scholarly awards including the 2013 BMW Canada Award for Excellence from the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies. His research interests focus on post-Holocaust conceptualisations of gender, Väterliteratur and cultural representations of the Holocaust in screen and visual culture.