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The Portraits in Courage kit uses primary source documents, archival images, and oral testimony excerpts to explore the experiences and fates of four individuals during the Holocaust. You'll discover their unique stories and the connections between each of these four individuals. Please review the Teachers' Guide, introductory PowerPoint and other resource material in the Materials folder located above, for complete instructions on working with this program.


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Vera Schiff

 Vera Schiff (née Katz) was born in Prague,Czechoslovakia in 1926.

She and her family were deported to Theresienstadt in 1942.


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Eva Katz

Eva was two years older than Vera and the two sisters were close. They took part in many activities together and had a happy, carefree childhood.

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Fredy Hirsch

Fredy was German-Jewish athlete, sports instructor, and youth group leader. When Hitler came to power in Germany, Fredy fled to Prague where he continued to work with young people.


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Rabbi Friediger

Rabbi Max Friediger was one of approximately 500 Danish Jews who were deported to Theresienstadt in 1943.


About the Toronto Holocaust Museum

The Toronto Holocaust Museum is a space for education and dialogue about this vital history and its ongoing relevance. The Museum serves as a powerful and growing force against antisemitism, bigotry and hatred in all its forms. Our state-of-the-art facility is the premier destination for Holocaust education in the city showcasing cutting edge technology, including interactive Holocaust survivor testimony stations at the core of each exhibit space and augmented reality tablet tours. The Museum deepens the public’s knowledge and understanding while, inspiring visitors to think critically about the tragedies of the Holocaust and to make connections between the Holocaust, world events, and contemporary Canadian life.

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