Vivian Felsen as a member of Toronto’s Friends of Yiddish since the 1980s has been active in many Yiddish circles. Vivian won the Canadian Jewish Book Award in 2001 the as well as prestigious J.I.Segal Award in 2004. She speaks extensively on Yiddish related subjects. While spending a month in Vilnius in 1998, she befriended two elderly Jewish women who had been partisans in World War II. Ten years later these women would find themselves under investigation by the Lithuanian government for alleged “war crimes”. Using photographic images, Vivian will speak about these troubling events and their impact for Jews today the world over.
Vivian Felsen is a Toronto translator (French to English, Yiddish to English) and visual artist. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto and an LL.B. from York University in Toronto. Her published translations include: Montreal of Yesterday (from the Yiddish Montreal fun nekhtn by Israel Medres, 2000) and Between the Wars (from the Yiddish Tsvishn tsvey velt milkhomes by Israel Medres, 2003)