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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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FILM SCREENING

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Thursday, October 2, 2014 • 2 PM

International Village
88 West Pender Street

The Decent One (Der Anständige) by Vanessa Lapa

Through previously undiscovered private letters, photos, and diaries that were found in the Himmler family house in 1945, The Decent Oneexposes a unique and at times uncomfortable access to the life and mind of the merciless “Architect of the Final Solution” Heinrich Himmler. Himmler writes, “In life one must always be decent, courageous and kind-hearted”. How can a man be a hero in his own eyes and a mass murderer in the eyes of the world? A unique portrait of one the most prominent figures of the Third Reich, The Reichsfuhrer-SS: Heinrich Himmler.

Tickets avaialbe at www.viff.org

Sponsored by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre and the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival.

 

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EXHIBIT OPENING FALL 2014

CARL LUTZ AND THE LEGENDARY GLASS HOUSE IN BUDAPEST

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 • 7 PM

Open Sunday: November 16, 2014 • 12-4 PM

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

50 - 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

After the Nazi invasion of Hungary on March 19, 1944, 725,000 Hungarian Jews came under attack. Swiss Vice-Consul Carl Lutz issued thousands of safe passes and provided asylum to Jews threatened with deportation inside the Glass House, the site of a former glass factory. Lutz became the first Swiss national honoured as "Righteous Among the Nations" for the rescue of 62,000 Jews.

Presented on the 70th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Hungary, the VHEC’s new teaching exhibit Carl Lutz and the Legendary Glass House in Budapest illustrates a little-known story of diplomatic rescue and moral courage during the Holocaust in Hungary. The travelling exhibit, on loan from the Carl Lutz Foundation in Budapest, is enlivened by a VHEC-produced companion exhibit, which contextualizes Lutz’s rescue efforts through the testimony and artefacts of local Hungarian Holocaust survivors.

The exhibit runs until February 20, 2015 at the VHEC.

Carl Lutz and the Legendary Glass House in Budapest travelling exhibit produced by the Carl Lutz Foundation in Budapest. Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Switzerland.

 
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COMMEMORATION

KRISTALLNACHT COMMEMORATIVE LECTURE

Sunday, November 9, 2014 • 7 PM

Beth Israel Synagogue

4350 Oak Street

Keynote Speaker: Professor Sara Horowitz, York University
Mothers and Daughters in the Holocaust


Marking the Nazi state sponsored “Night of Broken Glass” of November 9, 1938, the 2014 Kristallnacht program explores how the Holocaust created circumstances that had a powerful impact on women in their roles as mothers and as daughters. Based on testimonies, autobiographies, memoirs and other reflections by Holocaust survivors, Professor Horowitz' talk will examine the relationships of mothers and daughters during and after the Holocaust, powerfully influenced by the experience of survival, atrocity, loss, and trauma.

Presented by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in partnership with Congregation Beth Israel and with the support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver.

 
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FILM SCREENING

VANCOUVER JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 • 6:45 PM

Fifth Avenue Cinemas

2110 Burrard St, Vancouver

The Last Mentsh by Pierre-Henri Salfati

Born Mena’hem Teitelbaum, Marcus Schwarz has denied his Jewish heritage all his life. After surviving the horrors of the concentration camps, he sought to forget the trauma by creating a new identity for himself in Germany.
Faced with his own mortality, he now wants to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. To prove his identity to the Rabbis, he must journey back to his roots in Hungary to find proof of his birth. He is accompanied by Gül a young woman who, just like Marcus, tries to come to terms with her own past. The unlikely duo set out on a road trip across Europe that will end up irrevocably changing them both.

Tickets avaialbe at www.vjff.org

Sponsored by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre and the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival.

 
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READING & DISCUSSION

CHERIE SMITH JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL

Monday, November 24, 2014 • 6:30 PM

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

50 - 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

The Afterlife of Stars by Joseph Kertes
In the waning months of 1956, while Russian tanks roll into the public squares of Budapest to crush the Hungarian Revolution, brothers Robert and Attila Beck flee with their family. Author, Joseph Kertes, explores displacement and uncertainty in a dark time from the perspective of two boys filled with wonder at the world around them.

Love & Treasure by Ayelet Waldman
A novel of contraband masterpieces, tragic love, and the unexpected legacies of forgotten crimes, Ayelet Waldman's book weaves a tale around the fascinating, true history of the Hungarian Gold Train in the Second World War.

Sponsored by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre and the Cherie Smith Jewish Book Festival.