(Interactive biography in French)

The first two Sundays of every month, visit the Museum to take part in the testing phase of Dimensions in Testimony from USC Shoah Foundation.

Dimensions in Testimony is a collection of interactive survivor biographies that enable people to have conversations with pre-recorded video images of Holocaust survivors. The French interactive biography of Marguerite Elias Quddus currently in its testing phase at the Montreal Holocaust Museum, needs your help being tested and trained!

With the assistance of a Museum animator, we invite you to ask questions to Marguerite and have a “conversation” with her. Your interactions with Marguerite are an integral part of the process that allows USC Shoah Foundation to integrate your questions into the permanent exhibit of her testimony.

  • In French
  • The first and second Sunday of every month at the Museum
  • At 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30
  • Reservations not required
  • Developed by the USC Shoah Foundation in partnership with the Montreal Holocaust Museum and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights


About Dimensions in Testimony

Dimensions in Testimony revolutionizes the concept of oral history. Each interactive survivor biography enables viewers to ask questions about their life experiences and hear responses in real-time, lifelike conversation. You will be able to approach the display, speak directly into the microphone and ask your question.


The Beta Test

The testing phase of the Montreal Holocaust Museum’s interactive survivor biography exhibit is referred to as “beta test.” At this phase in the post-production, the system is not complete and still being trained. Your questions are needed to help improve the system to prepare its final exhibit-ready form.


About Marguerite Elias Quddus

(Interviewed in French in 2021)

Marguerite Élias Quddus was born on December 4, 1936, in Paris, France. After Germany occupied France in the summer of 1940, the Nazis and the collaborator Vichy regime implemented antisemitic laws. In August 1941, Marguerite’s father was deported to the Drancy transit camp and then to the Compiegne camp. From Compiegne, he was transferred to Auschwitz where he was murdered in April 1942. In the summer of 1942, Marguerite’s mother began looking for hiding places for herself and her two daughters. From that summer until the spring of 1945, Marguerite and her sister Henriette lived with several families and in convents, hiding their Jewish identities. In the spring of 1945, Marguerite and her sister reunited with their mother who had survived under a false identity in Lyon. Together they returned to Paris. In 1965, Marguerite married Abdul Quddus and in 1967, they moved to Canada. Marguerite now lives in Montreal.

Dimensions in Testimony was developed in association with Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, with technology by USC Institute for Creative Technologies, and concept by Conscience Display. Funding for Dimensions in Testimony was provided in part by Pears Foundation, Louis. F. Smith, Melinda Goldrich and Andrea Cayton/Goldrich Family Foundation in honor of Jona Goldrich, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and Genesis Philanthropy Group (R.A.). Other partners include CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center.


Discover Marguerite's Story


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