I-witness field school

Iwitness field school
Expand your horizons and encounter life-changing experiences on the I-witness Field School.

"It can bring you to a place that most classrooms can't."

The purpose of the Field School is to explore the ways in which the Holocaust is memorialized in Central Europe and to build an understanding of how the lessons of the Holocaust are relevant in today’s world.

Students in this 3 unit, 400-level course have the opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of antisemitism, racism, religious intolerance, homophobia and the stigmatization of the mentally and physically disabled communities. 

New! Never forget! -UVic Holocaust Field School

Watch the Humanities Field School video - there is something in each field school that can't be learned in class!

Introducing the 2016 I-witness Field School

2016 Field School Project Blog.

Follow us on the Field School

20 years of "Stolpersteine" - an article in Deutche Welle (DW) - Germany’s international broadcaster.

Helga Thorson - I-witness Leader. Her Campus October 29, 2015

Field school - a chance for students to witness Holocaust legacy. The Martlet October 29, 2015

Helga Thorson was interviewed on CBC Radio on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz (January 27, 2015) about the continuing importance and relevance of lessons of racism and antisemitism in today’s world.

Article in The Torch (Aug 2014, p. 22)

The Ring

An interview of Dr. Thorson and former student Ray Illsley to CFUV 101.9 FM

Presentation by Amy Coté on Berlin Memorials.

I-witness Field School in the Calgary Herald.

Religious Studies Student Experiences Holocaust Field School

We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the following people and organizations:

EU  Jewish federation

  • European Union Centre of Excellence (UVic, BC) 
  • Lohn Foundation (Vancouver, BC)
  • Pekarsky Family Foundation (Vancouver, BC)
  • The Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island
  • Victoria Holocaust Remembrance and Education Society
  • Zalkow Foundation
  • Sandi-Jo Ayers (Victoria, BC)
  • Arlette Baker (Victoria, BC)
  • David W. Blades (Victoria, BC) 
  • Moriss Bleviss (Victoria, BC)
  • David and Zita Conway (Victoria, BC)
  • Mike Goldstein (Victoria, BC)
  • Lynn V. Greenhough (Victoria, BC)
  • Marsha P. Hanen (Victoria, BC)
  • Susan Harrison (Victoria, BC) 
  • Lloyd Howard (Victoria, BC)
  • Karen Jensen (Victoria, BC) in honour of the late Norman Levi, MLA (Vancouver, BC)
  • David and April Katz (Victoria, BC)
  • Richard Kool (Victoria, BC)
  • Edith Matous (Victoria, BC)
  • Isa Milman (Victoria, BC)
  • Leonard Nadler (Victoria, BC)
  • Robert S. Oppenheimer (Victoria, BC)
  • Matthew L. Pollard (Victoria, BC)
  • Bernard Rauch (Victoria, BC) 
  • Joan Schultz (Victoria, BC)
  • Kristin A. Semmens (Victoria, BC)
  • Phyllis Senese (Victoria, BC)
  • David S. Segal (Victoria, BC)
  • David Siegel (Victoria, BC)
  • Dawn Smith (Victoria, BC)
  • Lauren A. Thompson (Victoria, BC) 
  • Helga Thorson (Victoria, BC) 
  • David T. Turner (Victoria, BC)
  • Anonymous (5)

Special thanks to April and David Katz for giving a significant donation to create the Zena and Chaim Katz Family Memorial, which provides student scholarships for the I-witness Field School. 

All of these generous community gifts and personal donations helped make this program possible.