After the Nazi invasion of Hungary on March 19, 1944, 725,000 Hungarian Jews came under attack. Swiss Vice-Consul Carl Lutz issued thousands of safe passes and provided asylum to Jews threatened with deportation inside the Glass House, the site of a former glass factory. Presented on the 70th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Hungary, the VHEC’s new teaching exhibit illustrates this little-known story of diplomatic rescue and moral courage during the Holocaust in Hungary.
The travelling exhibit is enlivened by a VHEC-produced companion exhibit, which contextualizes Lutz’s rescue efforts through the testimony and artefacts of local Hungarian Holocaust survivors.
Recommended for grades six to twelve, students will participate in an interactive school tour and complementary workshop exploring themes of rescue, moral responsibility and identity through the lens of the exhibit.
A limited number of VHEC Survivor Outreach Speaker are available provide eyewitness testimony in lieu of the workshop.
Exhibit runs from October 22, 2014 - February 20, 2015
Exhibit produced by The Anne Frank House. Supported the by Consulate of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Isaac and Sophie Waldman Endowment Fund of the Vancouver Foundation, and Ralph Markin & Bob Markin, in honour of a dear friend, Leslie Spiro z"l.
9th Biennial Shafran Teachers' Conference
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, February 20, 2015
Memoir, Testimony and Text in Holocaust Education featuring Professor Peter Seixas, Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness at UBC
Held every two years, the conference attracts educators from across British Columbia and elsewhere. This day-long event offers participants an opportunity to hear from internationally renowned speakers, historians and educators at the forefront of Holocaust studies. Educators share best practices related to teaching the Holocaust in elementary, secondary and university settings.
Inaugurated in 1999, the conference is made possible by the David & Lil Shafran Endowment Fund of the VHEC.
Sponsored by the David & Lil Shafran Endowment Fund of the VHEC
Kron Sigal Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education
On June 18th, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre proudly presented the 2014 Kron Sigal Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education to two teachers at its Annual General Meeting.
The Awards are presented annually to B.C. educators who have demonstrated dedication to teaching the history of the Holocaust and its important lessons for humankind.
Albert Olson of Shawnigan Lake School, Shawnigan Lake, BC
and Jinny St. Hilaire of W.J. Mouat Secondary School, Abbotsford,
both combine historical lessons with project-based learning, empowering students to promote
social justice and genodice awareness in their homes, schools, and communities.
The Meyer & Gita Kron & Ruth Kron Sigal Award is presented annually to an elementary or secondary teacher in any discipline who has demonstrated a commitment to teaching students about the Holocaust and its important lessons for humankind.
The Kron Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education was established in memory of Meyer and Gita Kron, Lithuanian Holocaust survivors who re-established their lives in Vancouver and maintained a life-long commitment to education. It is presented annually to a BC teacher who has demonstrated dedication to teaching students about the Holocaust and its important lessons for humankind.
A few years ago, the award was renamed to include their daughter, Ruth Kron Sigal, who survived the Holocaust in hiding, and who passed away in December 2008. Ruth was a VHEC outreach speaker and community leader, serving as Director of the Women’s Resource Centre at UBC for over 25 years. She was a regular speaker at the VHEC's Annual Symposium on the Holocaust.