The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s acclaimed traveling exhibition explores the Third Reich’s efforts to destroy all internal biological threats to the “Aryan” nation’s health, leading to the imprisonment and deaths of thousands of homosexual males.
The School Program, recommended for grades eight to twelve, promotes human rights and social responsibility through the lens of the exhibit.
Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933 – 1945 was produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s exhibitions program is supported in part by the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund established in 1990.
Exhibition and School Program is co-presented by the VHEC and Egale Canada Human Rights Trust.
Biennial Shafran Teachers' Conference
Sponsored by the David & Lil Shafran Endowment Fund of the VHEC
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.
Springvalley Middle School
Duchess Park Secondary School
Prince George, BC
Kron Sigal Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education
Kron Sigal Award Recipients 2013
Kayla Dominelli, Springvalley Middle School and Gerry Chidiac, Duchess Park Secondary School, are the recipients of the Kron Sigal Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education.
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.