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Professional development
image 9th Biennial Shafran Teachers' Conference

Memoir, Testimony and Text in Holocaust Education

Friday, February 20, 2015 • 9AM – 3PM

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
50-950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

To help teachers navigate the complexities of the Holocaust, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre is proud to present the 9th Biennial Shafran Teachers’ Conference, Memoir, Testimony and Text in Holocaust Education.
Featuring keynote addresses by Dr. Peter Seixas of the Centre for Historical Consciousness, University of British Columbia, and Dr. Diane Afoumado, Chief of the International Tracing Service Research Branch at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the program promotes historical thinking and demonstrates the cross-curricular teaching potential of integrating trace evidence, including early postwar documentation and eyewitness testimony, into lessons on the Holocaust and other genocides.

$100 teachers ($75 if you register before December 5, 2014)
$25 student teachers
Registration closes on January 30, 2015

Download the Registration Form

Please join us Thursday, February 19th for the West Coast launch of The Azrieli Series of Holocaust Survivor Memoirs, featuring Jeanne Beker, Fashion Television host and child of Holocaust survivors. Details to follow.

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

Download the 2015 Kron Sigal Award
Information and Nomination Form

Kron Sigal Award Recipients 2014

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.