September 25, 2016 to March 31, 2017
VANCOUVER HOLOCAUST EDUCATION CENTRE
50 - 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
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.