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Vancouver BC, V5Z 2N7 Canada

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Looking Back ... Moving Forward
Celebrating 40 Years

Thanks to you, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre’s event “Looking Back … Moving Forward” was a great success.
We hope you understand even more than you did before about the breadth of the VHEC’s work and the impact we are having on creating a future free of racism, hatred and antisemitism, with social justice and human rights for all!

We are happy to share with you the video presentation screened last night. We invite you to help spread the word about the VHEC by sharing this via social media.

If you, too, are asking, “What Can I Do?” Please click HERE to support our important work. You can also donate safely on line.

We want to thank the sponsors who helped make last night such a successful evening. This support is helping the VHEC reach more students and educators, while launching the organization into an even more impactful future.



Open Hearts - Closed Doors: The War Orphans Project

March 1 - June 30, 2016

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
50 - 950 West 41st Avenue

Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM

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.

Originally developed by and presented at the VHEC in 1997, the Open Hearts - Closed Doors teaching exhibit is being re-presented to provide opportunities for visitors to engage with Canadian immigration 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.