The exhibit is arranged chronologically, with Margaret and Arthur’s journey during the Holocaust running parallel to the historical events depicted in each case alongside the broader historical context. Their experiences serve as a model that reflects those of Jewish individuals before, during, and after the Holocaust.


Positioned beneath the overarching historical narrative, their personal account provides a relatable perspective drawn from our own community, capturing the broader historical tragedy.

Display 1

Jewish Life Between the Two World Wars

You will learn about: 

  • the vibrant Jewish life and culture between the World Wars
  • the socio-economic and cultural dynamics within Jewish communities
  • the factors contributing to the rise of Nazi power and its impact on Jewish life

Display 2

Nazi Antisemitic Ideology

You will learn about:

  • the core tenets of Nazi antisemitic ideology
  • the role of high-ranking Nazis in propagating and enforcing antisemitic policies
  • the implementation of Nazi antisemitic policies across Europe

Display 3

Isolation, Ghettos, Forced Labor, Systematic Mass Murder, Resistance, and Rescue

You will learn about:

  • the isolation and segregation of Jewish communities into ghettos
  • the brutal realities of forced labor imposed on Jewish populations
  • the systematic mass murder orchestrated by the Nazi regime
  • the stories of resistance and acts of rescue amidst the atrocities

Display 4

Deportations & Extermination Camps

You will learn about:

  • the journey of deportations to extermination camps
  • the harrowing conditions and mechanisms of mass extermination

Display 5


You will learn about:

  • the liberation of survivors and the end of Nazi tyranny
  • the immense difficulties and pain experienced by survivors 
  • the role of Canadian Armed Forces in the liberation of the Netherlands

Display 6

Displaced Persons Camps, Anti-Jewish Violence Post-Liberation, International Recognition, and the State of Israel

You will learn about:

  • the challenges faced by survivors in displaced persons camps
  • the persistence of anti-Jewish violence post-liberation
  • the path to international recognition of the Holocaust and the establishment of the State of Israel

Display 7

Arriving to Canada, Jewish Hamilton, & Establishing a New Life

You will learn about:

  • the experiences of Holocaust survivors arriving in Canada

Display 8

Jewish Hamilton Today

You will learn about: 

  • the vibrant Jewish community thriving in Hamilton today
  • the rich cultural heritage and contributions of Jewish residents to the city's development
  • the legacy of the Jewish community  in creating a flourishing and diverse Hamilton