On her 13th birthday, Anne Frank receives a diary as a gift. Just weeks later her family enters into hiding in Amsterdam. For more than two years, Anne carefully records her thoughts, feelings, and observations in her now-iconic diary, one of the most widely read books in the world today. Through photos, narratives, and artefacts, Anne Frank – A History for Today illuminates the effect of National Socialism on one Jewish family, and explores the legacy of this history for all Canadians. The exhibit also features artefacts of child survivors who settled in Canada after the war.
Students grade six and up will participate in an interactive school tour and complementary workshop exploring themes of discrimination, social responsibility and resistance, and diarizing through the lens of the exhibit.
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.
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
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.