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In Search of Light: Martha Salcudean's Memoir Launch

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The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

6163 University Blvd.

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The Azrieli Foundation, in partnership with the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, is delighted to announce the launch of Martha Salcudean’s memoir, In Search of Light. Please join us for an evening of celebration on:

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

7:30 – 9:00 PM

The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre

6163 University Blvd. Vancouver BC

All guests will receive a complimentary copy of Martha’s memoir.

Dessert reception to follow. Admission is free.

Please RSVP by May 20, 2019 on eventbrite


I understood that we were different, that we were considered as aliens — more correctly, enemy aliens — and that there was a different set of rules for us.

Martha Salcudean grows up in the small village of Chiochiș Romania, blissfully unaware of the fascist and antisemitic Iron Guard militia, and she quickly adapts to the abrupt change in her life when the town she lives in comes under the control of Hungary in 1940. But her childhood is soon marred by more political upheavals, and her parents cannot shelter her from the danger that looms for all Jews when Germany occupies Hungary in 1944. Forced into ghettos, Martha experiences such cruelty and hatred that at ten years old, she no longer feels like a child. But Martha’s fate changes with one split-second decision her father makes to board a different train — instead of going to Auschwitz, she becomes one of those destined to be saved by Rudolf Kasztner, a man riskily negotiating with the Nazis. After the war, Martha and her parents return to Romania, but when the communist dictatorship takes hold, Martha again finds herself living in fear and unable to control her own life, and she is determined to escape with her new family to freedom.

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Dr. Martha Salcudean was born in Romania on February 26, 1934. After the war, she earned a bachelor’s and post-graduate degrees in mechanical engineering and spent twelve years working in the area of heat transfer and fluids. Martha left communist Romania and came to Canada in 1976. She was a professor at the University of Ottawa for nearly ten years and was then appointed head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, the first female to hold the position of engineering department head in Canada. Martha Salcudean has published extensively, serves on numerous distinguished committees and advisory boards, and has received three honorary doctorates and a number of prestigious awards and honours in her field, including the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation (1993); the Order of British Columbia (1998); Officer of the Order of Canada (2004); and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). Martha Salcudean is professor emeritus at UBC and lives in Vancouver.

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