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The inclusion of Holocaust-era primary sources in the Toronto Holocaust Museum ensures that the stories they hold are shared and accessible to our wide range of audiences. Our curatorial approach is to share the history of the Holocaust and its aftermath through the voices of survivors who made new lives in Toronto, ensuring local relevance and connections. As a non-collecting institution, we work closely with the Ontario Jewish Archives (OJA), Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre. Founded in 1973, the OJA is the largest repository of Jewish life in Canada. The OJA acquires, preserves, and makes accessible the records that chronicle Ontario’s Jewish history including the experiences of the survivor community. Of interest are original materials related to life before and during the Holocaust, the immediate post-war experience, immigration and settlement, and life in Canada (with a specific interest in the Ontario narrative). Items offered to the THM are redirected to the Ontario Jewish Archives where decisions are made jointly on their value to both institutions. If acquired, the collections become part of the holdings of the OJA and can be loaned to the THM for display in the Museum. We do not collect the following: Nazi regalia Large-scale works of art Liberation photographs Commercially produced antisemitic materials Photocopies of original material (including digital copies of materials that already belong to other institutions) Weaponry Showcasing history through artifacts is a vital part of the Museum's work. We look forward to reviewing submissions.