**ONLINE ONLY** Award Ceremony for Wolfe Chair Holocaust Studies Student Impact Prize with Elly Gotz

When and Where

Wednesday, January 31, 2024 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm


"When I gave up hate, I started to live": Elly Gotz in conversation with Doris Bergen and Tomaz Jardim

Award Ceremony and live interview with Elly Gotz​, winner of this year's Wolfe Chair Holocaust Studies Student Impact Prize

Elly Gotz is an unforgettable speaker, a Holocaust survivor whose curiosity, wisdom, and humor light up the stage, whether he's addressing high school students in southern Ontario, scientists at the Technical University in Munich (in German), or scholars of Yiddish at the University of Toronto (in Yiddish). In every setting he educates, challenges, and inspires his audience. But how does he experience these events himself? How has his work changed over the years? Looking back, what does he see as the highlights, the low points, and the biggest surprises so far? Join us to hear Elly Gotz answer our questions, and yours, too.

Co-Sponsored by the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies


Elly Gotz is a retired engineer, survivor of the Holocaust, and author of the memoir Flights of Spirit, published in partnership with the Azrieli Foundation Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program. He speaks to thousands of students each year about his experiences as a boy in the Kovno ghetto and in Kaufering, a subcamp of Dachau, and after the war, as he rebuilt his life in Germany, Norway, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and eventually Canada.


Doris Bergen is the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto. In 2023-24, she is the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Senior Scholar at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.


Tomaz Jardim is a historian of modern Europe at Toronto Metropolitan University and the author of two books: The Mauthausen Trial and American Military Justice in Germany, and, just out this year, Ilse Koch on Trial: Making the "Bitch of Buchenwald".




This lecture will be delivered only virtually via Zoom. To attend virtually, please click THIS LINK on Wednesday, January 31 at 1PM.


Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair in Holocaust Studies