As a young social worker in 1947, Rose Wolfe helped place Jewish orphans from German concentration camps in Canadian homes. That experience is one reason the chancellor emerita (BA 1938 UC, Dip. Social Work 1939, LLD Hon. 1998) decided to establish a chair, in honour of her late husband, for the study of the Holocaust. Based in the history department, the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Chair in Holocaust Studies will be held by a distinguished scholar devoted to teaching, research and leadership in this important cross-disciplinary field. Professor Michael Marrus, dean of the School of Graduate Studies, has been appointed the first chair.
“We owe it to our predecessors, to ourselves and to future generations to understand what happened during that terrible period in human history,” says Wolfe, who served two terms as chancellor of the University of Toronto, from 1991 to 1997.