The Shoah Committee of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, 
in partnership with the High Commission of Cyprus, presents:


“From Dachau to Cyprus”- Jewish Refugees and the Cyprus Internment Camps, 1946-1949.

Photo exhibit and talk with historian Dr. Eliana Hadjisavvas;


Wednesday, November 27 at 7pm 

Soloway JCC, Social Hall A, 21 Nadolny Sachs Pvt.

Speaker: Eliana Hadjisavvas is the Jewish History Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. She completed a PhD in History at the University of Birmingham in 2017. Her research, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) explored Jewish displacement in post-war Europe, with a particular focus on the Cyprus internment camps. Eliana has previously held fellowships at the Library of Congress’ Kluge Center in Washington D.C.

Historic background: The British government created the camps in Cyprus as part of its effort to stem  immigration to then-Palestine. Nearly all the detainees were Holocaust survivors. Many had fled from Eastern Europe or the Soviet Union with the help of the underground Brihah movement. The Cyprus detainees sailed on 39 ships from ports in France, Italy, and the Balkans following long and arduous journeys from displaced person’s camps in Germany and Austria. The British military ran the detention camps, which were built using German POW labour.  Surrounded by barbed wire and watch towers, the camps were under constant guard.

Special guest and Holocaust survivor, Rose Lipszyc will share her story.

Rose Lipszyc 

Rose was born on May 27, 1929 in Lublin, Poland. She was living with her parents and two brothers, who were three and 14 at the start of the war. In 1940, Rose and her family were thrown out of their home by the Germans. This began her harrowing journey of survival and family loss, including being liberated by the British in Germany, only to be intercepted by the British en-route to Palestine and interned in Cyprus.

To hear her dramatic story, please join us on November 27.


All are welcome. Please let us know if you require assistance.

For more information, please contact Anne Read at or 613-798-4696 x355