RevIew: Our Holocaust

By: Adam Sharon
Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Title: Our Holocaust
Author: Amir Gutfreund
Translated by Jessica Cohen
Publisher: Toby Press
Reviewed by Adam Sharon

In my hometown of Toronto, Holocaust survivors migrated to the Downsview neighborhood to begin their new life in Canada. Staples of a typical Jewish community slowly emerged. Jewish schools were founded, kosher bakeries opened and synagogues were built and grew, including Beth David B’nai Israel Beth Am, known for its massive stained glass windows behind the rabbi’s pulpit.

The art at Beth David included typical biblical symbols and modern day images of an Israeli flag and IDF soldiers coupled with Holocaust motifs. Synagogues set ablaze are meant to symbolize Kristallnacht. Deportation trains head toward Auschwitz-Birkenau and the infamous gates marked “Arbeit Macht Frei.” A crematorium and concentration camp barracks are noticeable. Yellow Stars of David dot the area beneath the Holy Ark. The number 6,000,000 stands out.