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50 - 950 West 41st Ave,
Vancouver BC, V5Z 2N7 Canada

P: 604.264.0499
F: 604.264.0497
E: info@vhec.org



UPCOMING EXHIBIT

Canada Responds to the Holocaust, 1944-45

September 25, 2016 to March 31, 2017

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
50 - 950 West 41st Avenue

HOURS:
Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM

Canada Responds to the Holocaust, 1944-45 examines the contact between Canadians in Europe and survivors of the Holocaust. Following the Canadian military in Europe after D-Day, the exhibit includes reports of eyewitnesses who struggled to express what they saw, including contact with survivors and evidence of the Nazi genocide.

Responses to the Holocaust were complex. The soldiers who encountered survivors struggled to understand and help. Chaplains preached, counselled and wrote of their own understandings. Army photographers, filmmakers and war artists often felt overwhelmed by the tragedy and doubted their ability to express what they were seeing, both for their own time and for posterity. We hear and see the reports of journalists who struggled to express what they saw.

This original VHEC exhibit, based on research by Professor Richard Menkis (UBC) and Ronnie Tessler, captures the challenges of the time, and the varied voices of the men and women desperately struggling to find responses to those challenges.


Supported by the Inter-Action Multiculturalism Grants and Contributions Program of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.


The VHEC exhibit space is currently in transition,
as we prepare for our upcoming exhibit.



 

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COMMEMORATION

High Holidays Cemetery Service

Sunday, October 9, 2016 • 11 AM


Held annually at the Holocaust Memorial at the Schara Tzedeck Cemetery on the Sunday between the High Holidays, this service affords participants the opportunity to mourn those who perished during the Holocaust at this symbolic gravesite.

This year’s service will include a memorial to Dr. Elie Wiesel, who passed away July 2, 2016.

Everyone welcome.

For more information or for transportation to the cemetery, please call 604-264-0499.

Presented by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre with Schara Tzedeck Congregation and the Jewish War Veterans.


 

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Olympic History

More Than Just Games: Canada and the 1936 Olympics

The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre’s original exhibit More Than Just Games: Canada and the 1936 Olympics is available online.

The 1936 Olympics held in Nazi Germany marked a watershed moment between the Nazis’ accession to power in 1933 and the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, a critical juncture between the building of a racial state and the Holocaust. The Games also afforded one of Canada's first points of intersection with Nazi Germany.

Learn more about this aspect of Olympic, Canadian and world history.



 

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COMMEMORATION

Kristallnacht

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 • 7 PM


This annual commemorative lecture marks the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the state-sponsored “Night of Broken Glass” in 1938. This year’s address, by Professor Deborah Dwork, Rose Professor of Holocaust History at Clark University and Founding Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, is Holding on through Letters: Jewish Families During the Holocaust.

Jewish families in Nazi Europe tried to hold onto each other through letters. But wartime conditions applied. Letters were censored, and could not be sent between countries at war with each other. How to keep in contact? And, once contact was established, what to say — and about what to remain silent? In her presentation, Prof. Dwork will trace how letters became threads stitching loved ones into each other's constantly changing daily lives.

Presented by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in partnership with Beth Israel Congregation.


 

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2016 MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN

What we do at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre is made possible when people like you purchase a VHEC membership.

Your gift is more critical than ever to ensure that the VHEC has the necessary resources to promote human rights, social justice and genocide awareness through education and remembrance of the Holocaust.

Please donate now.

Call the VHEC at 604.264.0499 or donate safely on line

For those of you who have already contributed, we thank you for your participation and generosity.


 


ARCHIVES: IMPORTANT NOTICE

Please be advised the VHEC Archives will be closed to research requests until August 31st, 2016 as our staff work to facilitate better access to the Centre's collections.

Thank you for your understanding and our apologies for any inconvenience.