The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC) presents numerous events throughout the year.
31st Annual Gathering of the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants (WFJCSH&D)
Friday, November 1 – Monday, November 4, 2019
Sheraton Wall Centre
Held for the first time on Canada’s west coast, the 2019 WFJCSH&D conference is only open to survivors and their children accompanied by their spouses/partners and grandchildren (18 years and older).
Check in for the conference opens Friday, November 1st at 12:oo pm. There are Orthodox and Conservative/Reform Friday night Shabbat services and a Welcome Cocktail Reception. A festive Shabbat dinner begins at 7:00 pm. After dinner there are gatherings for survivors by country of origin, for 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations, for all generations of Kindertransport, and for spouses and partners. Saturday and Sunday are full days of speakers, workshops, and panels starting with breakfast at 7:30 am.
Our keynote speakers on Saturday are Dr. Robert Krell, on ”The Future of Our Past; Informing and Inspiring Next Generations” and Dr. Catherine Chatterley whose topic is “Antisemitism 2019: Not Our Grandparents’ Antisemitism or Is It?” Sunday, Professor Chris Friedrichs will speak on “Historians and Survivors as Partners in Telling the Truth of the Shoah;” and Robbie Waisman and Eloge Butera on “Two Survivors: From Buchenwald to Rwanda: Reflections on Human Rights Activism.”
Workshops specifically for Survivors, 2nd Generation, 3rd Generation, Spouses or Partners will explore how being part of the survivor community has affected their lives with many relevant topics for each group. In addition, there will be inter-generational workshops and panels on Holocaust education, literary responses to Holocaust memory and experience, identity and spirituality. Special sessions will include a Yiddish singalong, hands on art workshop, an art exhibit, and updates from the Claims Conference.
After dinner on Saturday, there is music and dancing until the wee hours. Sunday evening includes a brief commemorative service and a very special musical program, followed by dancing. Monday, the conference concludes at 11:00 am with a panel discussion and closing ceremony. A post conference trip to the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre will have people back to the hotel by 4:00 pm. (There is currently a wait list for this visit).
Please join us for a memorable three day experience as we gather together as a truly remarkable survivor community.
Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Wosk Auditorium, Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver
This year marks the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht, the state-sponsored pogrom known as the “Night of Broken Glass” of November 9-10, 1938. Hundreds of synagogues in Germany and Austria were burned, Jewish-owned businesses were destroyed, nearly 100 Jews were killed and 30,000 men were sent to concentration camps.
Kristallnacht was a turning point in the Nazi persecution of European Jews, and a defining moment for the Hahn family. Owners of one of the most successful businesses in Göttingen, Germany and one of the most significant private collections of Judaica in pre-war Europe, Max and Gertrud Hahn were robbed of their possessions, and ultimately of their lives, by the Nazis.
Keynote speaker Dr. Michael Hayden, MC, OBC, grandson of Max Hahn, will detail the story of the Hahn family and their collection before, during and after the Holocaust in his remarks, A Treasured History: A Story of Loss, Courage and Renewal.
For more information please call the VHEC at 604-264-0499.
Kristallnacht presented by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in partnership with Congregation Beth Israel with support from the Robert and Marilyn Krell Endowment Fund of the VHEC. This program is funded through our community’s generous contributions to the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver Annual Campaign.
Exhibition supported by Michael and Sandy Hayden and children, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Vancouver, the Isaac and Sophie Waldman Endowment Fund of the Vancouver Foundation, Isaac and Judy Thau, and Yosef Wosk.