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

P: 604.264.0499
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Canada Responds to the Holocaust, 1944-45

OCTOBER 16, 2016 to MARCH 31, 2017

Sunday, October 16 • 1-3 PM, REMARKS AT 2 PM

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
50 - 950 West 41st Avenue

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

Canada Responds to the Holocaust, 1944-45explores interactions between Canadians in Europe and survivors of the Holocaust at the close of the Second World War and in the immediate postwar era. It follows members of the Canadian military — soldiers, chaplains, official photographers and war artists — who fought in the Allied campaigns in Europe, as well as journalists and aid workers, as they encountered and struggled to respond to evidence of Nazi atrocities.

This original exhibition, produced by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, has been researched and written by Richard Menkis and Ronnie Tessler, with the Bergen-Belsen panels by Mark Celinscak.

Supported by the Inter-Action Multiculturalism Grants and Contributions Program of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

The VHEC exhibit space is currently in transition, as we prepare for our upcoming exhibit.



Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

October 1, 2016 • 1 PM
October 5, 2016 • 9:15 PM

International Village Cinemas

88 West Pender Street, Vancouver

The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre presents Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt. This film, by Ada Ushpiz, is part of the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Arendt’s New Yorker coverage of the Eichmann trial, which became the book Eichmann in Jerusalem, would permanently associate Hannah Arendt’s name with the phrase “banality of evil,” as well as the controversy that term has enflamed for a half-century. The film confronts this controversy but goes much deeper, providing a survey of Arendt’s life and works, including her insights into the nature of evil, totalitarianism and the perils faced by refugees, topics that may be as relevant today as ever.

For tickets: www.viff.org

Presented by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre



High Holidays Cemetery Service

Sunday, October 9, 2016 • 11 AM

Schara Tzedeck Cemetery

2345 Marine Drive, New Westminster

Held annually at the Holocaust Memorial at the Schara Tzedeck Cemetery on the Sunday between the High Holidays, this service affords participants the opportunity to mourn those who perished during the Holocaust at this symbolic gravesite.

This year’s service will include a memorial to Dr. Elie Wiesel, who passed away July 2, 2016.

Everyone welcome.

For more information or for transportation to the cemetery, please call 604-264-0499.

Presented by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre with Schara Tzedeck Congregation and the Jewish War Veterans.




Tuesday, November 1, 2016 • 7 PM

Congregation Beth Israel

989 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver

This annual commemorative lecture marks the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the state-sponsored “Night of Broken Glass” in 1938. This year’s address, by Professor Deborah Dwork, Rose Professor of Holocaust History at Clark University and Founding Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, is Holding on through Letters: Jewish Families During the Holocaust.

Jewish families in Nazi Europe tried to hold onto each other through letters. But wartime conditions applied. Letters were censored, and could not be sent between countries at war with each other. How to keep in contact? And, once contact was established, what to say — and about what to remain silent? In her presentation, Prof. Dwork will trace how letters became threads stitching loved ones into each other's constantly changing daily lives.

Everyone welcome.

Presented by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in partnership with Beth Israel Congregation.