Recent Blog Posts

Creating Oral History Excerpts and Making a Knish. They have more similarities than one would believe.

As a student one has to learn how to make meals. There are many similarities between making the Jewish dish Knish, and constructing Oral History Excerpts at the Sarah and Chaim Neuberg Holocaust Education Center where my history internship is occurring.  

(Knish, courtesy Barbara Rolek 2017)


What Have I Learned from My Interviews with International Students?

Since I’ve started my internship at University of Toronto News, I have been working on a series about international students at University of Toronto. As an international student myself, I am familiar with both the positive and negative aspects of studying abroad. However, interviewing with various students with various backgrounds made me understand, we all have had similar experiences. 

For this post, I compiled four common answers-feelings-thoughts (whatever you want to call) that I’ve got from the international students’ interviews. 

by Cansu Aydemir

Date posted: November 26, 2018

Immigration and Opportunity: How to Build a Life through Community

In the transcribing I have done up to this point for the Multicultural History Society of Ontario (MHSO), one thing has been very apparent in the stories of immigrants from Europe. This "thing", is rather, a phenomenon that seems to take place on a scale in the thousands regarding community populations.

I have begun to theorize that part of the consolidation process for immigrants is actually relying on the work and community involvement people from their same ethnic groups participate in.

How an Item Becomes Part of a Museum Collection

                                                                                                    Me holding a megalodon tooth from the Discovery Gallery.

Ever wonder how museums acquire rare, antique, or unusual objects? Or what happens after a museum receives an object but before it’s unveiled to the public? From my experiences cataloguing new items for the Learning Department in the Royal Ontario Museum, I’ve learned that the “behind the scenes” work at the museum takes a lot longer and is a lot more hands-on than I expected.

Written by: Shawna Quigley
Date posted: November 25, 2018

What I Learned While Handling a World War Two Era Rifle

In my first two weeks at the Royal Canadian Military Institute, I was introduced to several World War Two era rifles, pistols, submachine guns and assault rifles. As someone who is thrilled with the military history of the Second World War, it was a dream to be getting such a hands-on experience. I realized there is much about guns that most of us don’t know until we get our hands on one.

The RCMI in 2017

A Realization of Typhus in the Holocaust. The Challenges faced by Victims of the Disease and Three Tales of Survival.

For my internship at the Ekstien library, I have been responsible for compressing oral histories for the microsite “In their own Words”. When analyzing the oral testimonies, I have focused on camp conditions and the survival strategies of the prisoners. While many remember the Holocaust for the deadly and sadistic methods the Nazis used in murdering, I was surprised at the deadly impact that disease had on the inmates. For many survivors, one difficult challenge in the camps was surviving typhoid fever and survivors developed strategies to overcome the various challenges associated with having the disease. The internship has helped me appreciate the high sanitation standards that I have grown up with.
By: Matthew Halsall 
Posted: October 30th, 2018