Michelle Fishman

Article: Life Beyond Despair

Born in Toronto, Canada and a grandchild of four Holocaust survivor grandparents, Ms. Fishman always had a unique fascination with the Holocaust.   She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University in 2010 and her Masters of Arts in History, specializing in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from the University of Amsterdam in 2012.  Ms. Fishman’s Master’s dissertation, entitled, “The New Bearers of the Burden? An Exploration of Holocaust Memory Across Three Generations,” attempts to identify the place of the Holocaust in the individual and social identities of the third generation; to show how these descendents internalize their grandparents’ Holocaust history; and, finally, to get a sense as to whether or not this generation will play a role as the moral guardians for future generations. Currently, she is the Education Assistant at the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto where she works with Holocaust survivors on a daily basis and assists with programming that educates subsequent generations on Holocaust history, its lessons and legacy.