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50 - 950 West 41st Ave,
Vancouver BC, V5Z 2N7 Canada

P: 604.264.0499
F: 604.264.0497
E: info@vhec.org

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EXHIBIT AND SCHOOL PROGRAM

Open Hearts - Closed Doors: The War Orphans Project

School Tours Available March 1 - June 30, 2016


VANCOUVER HOLOCAUST EDUCATION CENTRE
50 - 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

Open Hearts - Closed Doors tells the story of the arrival in Canada of 1,123 Jewish children orphaned by the Holocaust. It chronicles the lives of these children as they emerged from the Holocaust into Displaced Persons (DP) camps and orphanages, and eventually to the ships that would lead them to new lives in Canada. It also tells the story of the efforts of Jewish organizations and international agencies that helped identify these children and bring them to Canada. The exhibit speaks to the efforts of Jewish social workers, members of the Jewish community and Jewish foster families who cared for them after their arrival. The project, which presents the documents, photographs and individual stories of the war orphans, attests to the power of communities to act and make a difference.

A teacherís guide and school program for grades 6-12 will accompany the exhibit, and provide opportunities for student visitors to engage with Canadian refugee policies from a historical perspective, using case studies of Holocaust survivors from the local community.

Supported by the Isaac and Sophie Waldman Endowment Fund, held at the Vancouver Foundation.

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SCHOOL Tours

The VHEC mounts one to two teaching exhibits annually. Interactive school tours consist of a docent-led overview of the exhibit, as well as a workshop or presentation by a Holocaust survivor speaker.

We welcome visits from school, community and special interest groups. Our school programs are recommended for students in grades 6 to 12, with special arrangements possible for grade 5 classes. Visits can be tailored for post-secondary groups, student teachers and other groups.

Please visit the Book a tour page for information about the current school program.

 

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© North Shore News /Terry Peters

SYMPOSIA ON THE HOLOCAUST

Symposia on the Holocaust are held each May at the University of British Columbia, and throughout the year in school districts across British Columbia.

At the day-long event at UBC, over a thousand senior high school students meet with survivor speakers in small group sessions, view films and hear from historians, educators and anti-racism speakers.

The VHEC presents annual district-wide Symposia for students in the Abbotsford, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, Shawnigan Lake School (Vancouver Island), Surrey, and West Vancouver school districts.

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