Format: This two-hour school program consists of an interactive tour through the current exhibition, Treasured Belongings: The Hahn Family & the Search for a Stolen Legacy, and an interactive workshop in the education room, both facilitated by a VHEC docent.

Content: Students learn about the persecution of the German-Jewish Hahn family under the Nazi regime and the looting of their belongings by the Nazis including their silver Judaica collection.

By engaging with primary sources comprised of rare artefacts, photographs, official documents and letters, students discuss prompts promoting critical thinking and reflection on personal and social values.

Learning outcomes:

  • Critical and creative thinking: prompted by discussion questions and interactive teaching practices
  • Personalized and question-based learning: fostered by learning with primary sources through the exploration of artefacts and documents
  • Thinking about personal and social values: prompted by the broader themes of the exhibition (i.e., What does justice look like in the aftermath of persecution and murder of the Jews in Europe? What is the intergenerational legacy of the Holocaust? What does reconciliation after injustice mean for the victims’ family, or a country?)
  • Technology enhanced: encouraged through students’ engagement with audio-visual survivor testimony as part of the exhibition’s media room
  • Flexible learning environment: being in the museum and workshop space offers learning on diverse levels including reading, visual, audio-visual and interactive

Recommended class size is maximum 30 students of grades 10 to 12 (can be tailored to secondary students, student teachers, and other groups). Participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

With generous sponsorship from the Diamond Foundation, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre is pleased to offer FREE ADMISSION for museum exhibition tours.

Diamond Foundation

Booking requirements: Please book at least two weeks in advance, and provide at least three days notice if you have to cancel.

To sign up, complete and submit the booking request form below, or contact us.


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Don’t want to take a tour in person? Join us for a 30-minute video-recorded tour with curator Dr. Ilona Shulman Spaar through Treasured Belongings: The Hahn Family & the Search for a Stolen Legacy. Learn about the German-Jewish Hahn family as they navigate escalating Nazi persecution leading to their separation and displacement, the theft of their property and businesses, the confiscation of their silver Judaica collection, and the murder of family members Max and Gertrud Hahn.

This Teacher & Student Activity Guide facilitates student engagement with the 30-minute video-recorded exhibition tour with curator Dr. Ilona Shulman Spaar. The guide presents two student activities with optional extensions which relate to the subject matter covered in the tour. Activities are comprised of discussion questions, student study documents, primary source documents and photographs.

Download the Teacher & Student Activity Guide

Made possible through the generous support of the Diamond Foundation.