Join us as we celebrate the launch of the memoir Daring to Hope by Rachel Lisogurski and her daughter, Chana Broder.

The Azrieli Foundation, in partnership with the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre and the Montreal Holocaust Museum, is pleased to announce the launch of Daring to Hope, a memoir written by Rachel Lisogurski and her daughter, Chana Broder. Please join us for a meaningful program to watch a short video featuring Chana telling parts of her and her mother’s story, followed by a live discussion between Elin Beaumont (Azrieli Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program) and author, Chana Broder, about surviving the Holocaust as a young child, and the intergenerational transmission of memory.

Daring to Hope


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Visit Virtual JCC and create a free account.  Visit the event page on the platform on Sunday, November 1 at 1:00 pm, click on ‘stream’ and wait for the program to begin.

Rachel and Chana’s Story

When Rachel and her husband, Avrumeh, escape from the Siemiatycze ghetto in Poland one cold winter night in 1942 with their four-year-old daughter, Chana, they are desperate for refuge. Turned away by their closest friends, they are forced to wander the countryside looking for places to hide and asking for help from strangers and acquaintances. For close to two years, every day is filled with uncertainty for them and for the courageous farmers who eventually hide them. Throughout, young Chana is fiercely protected by her parents, who teach her not to cry, not to even make a sound. After liberation, Chana’s childhood truly begins, and decades later, she finally has the opportunity to honour those who res­cued her family. Told from the perspective of both mother and daughter, Daring to Hope reflects on the darkness of wartime and the love that held a family together. (Azrieli Foundation)



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