THEOLOGY ON TAP: Spiritual Resistance in a Concentration Camp

Event Date: 
Monday, April 23, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Special guest: Vera Schiff, a Theresienstadt survivor.

Vera Schiff is a survivor of the Holocaust who, along with her family, was deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Vera was just 16 years old at the time, and spent three years struggling to survive the Nazi concentration camp system. She will discuss her personal experiences in the Holocaust, the fate of her family members, and what it meant to "Spiritually Resist" the dehumanizing conditions of a Nazi concentration camp.

Vera Schiff was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. In 1942, her family was deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp (Terezin). Her mother, father, sister and grandmother all perished there. She survived three years in Theresienstadt and was liberated by the Soviet Army in May, 1945. After living in Prague and Israel, Vera and her husband immigrated to Canada in 1961.

Vera has also authored three books:

  • Theresienstadt: The Town the Nazis Gave to the Jews. This is her autobiography but also historical overview of Theresienstadt.
  • Hitler's Inferno. Which is a collection of accounts of 8 individuals who were in the same camp as Vera, but each had a different fate.
  • Letters to Veruska. This is an English translation of the diary Vera's mother kept while in the camp. Vera discovered it after her Mom died, and a couple of years ago she translated it from Czech to English and provided explanatory notes and family photos.
    • Theology on Tap photosJoin us for an evening of thought-provoking conversation on theological topics! Munchies provided, cash bar available - come and bring a friend!
      For more information: visit our Toronto Theology on Tap web page, or contact Vanessa Nicholas-Schmidt by e-mail, or phone 416-467-2645.


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