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JUNE 2018 - JUNE 2019

The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre is proud to re-open its recently renovated space with the new exhibition Faces of Survival, a commissioned series of portraits of Holocaust survivors by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Marissa Roth.

While the Centre has undergone renovations over several months, survivors and families of survivors who passed, met with photographer Marissa Roth to have their photographs taken. It was important to both the artist and curatorial team that survivors who have passed away also be included, in some cases held by descendants. Representing and honouring the survivors who are no longer with us is an important aspect of the project.

The forty portraits depict the survivors – VHEC’s founding members, Holocaust survivor speakers and volunteers – both past and present – in a unique and powerful way.

Faces of Survival is a documentation project that coincides with a time of transition, for the VHEC and its survivor volunteer community and for Holocaust education from now into the future. The survivors who are featured in the exhibition are among the last remaining eyewitnesses of the Holocaust. As they share their experiences and reflections with students and the general public, the survivors serve as a bridge to places and times in the past, and offer insights with tremendous relevance for the present day.

Supported by The Diamond Foundation


Fragment of a prayer book burned during Kristallnacht, 9-10 November 1938. Berlin, Germany.Courtesy Andrew Rosengarten – VHEC Collections

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JUNE 2018 - JUNE 2019

The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre is proud to re-open its recently renovated space with the new exhibition In Focus: The Holocaust through the VHEC Collection.

The first exhibition to utilize the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre’s new museum-grade display cases, In Focus highlights the depth and breadth of our collection and educates about the Shoah and its enduring lessons.

This exhibition showcases artefacts entrusted to us by Holocaust survivors and their families.

“This is the first time that we have been able to display the pieces of the collection to this extent,” says Shulman Spaar. “The pieces that are selected are ‘in focus’ in the sense that we look closer at them and the themes that they speak to within the study of the Holocaust. Simultaneously, when looking at the displayed items, we look at the VHEC collection as if looking through a focal point.”

Some of the themes determined by the nature of the VHEC’s collections are Pre-War Jewish Life, Propaganda, as well as Identity and Belonging. Three interactive electronic access portals, will allow students and other visitors to engage digitally via touch screen with some of the artefacts and archival items displayed in the In Focus exhibition. This feature gives students and other visitors the opportunity to find out more about a specific item by engaging with associated visual or textual materials, a related survivor testimony excerpt, or donor of the item to find out more about the circumstances surrounding their Holocaust experience and other details. The digital platform makes the experience of seeing the artefact more fulsome and educational.

With thanks to the following supporters:

The Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions
to Canada grant program

The Government of Canada through Western
Economic Diversification Canada

Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation, London Drugs, Coast Hotels, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Vancouver, Dr. Robert & Marilyn Krell, Leon(z’l) & Evelyn Kahn and Family, Isaac & Judy Thau, Jody & Harvey Dales, Birgit Westergaard & Norman Gladstone, The Ben & Esther Dayson Charitable Foundation, Rabbi Yosef Wosk, Bob Markin & Ralph Markin, and The Lohn Foundation.