To help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, in-classroom workshops are cancelled until further notice. Instead, we are offering interactive real-time online workshops via Zoom facilitated by our volunteer docents.

Pigeon: Facing Choices, Making Decisions during the Holocaust

This interactive online workshop, delivered via Zoom, consists of a short film, Pigeon, that focuses on decision making and rescue during the Holocaust, followed by an interactive presentation by a VHEC docent.

This workshop is designed to cover one teaching unit. Questions by the workshop facilitator foster critical thinking and ideas about social responsibility, two core competencies of the BC curriculum.

Information about workshops is asked and answered below. Contact us for further information.

Why should I sign up?

Outcomes for Students

Students learn about the systematic persecution of Jews in France and acts of rescue during the Holocaust. The interactive workshop stimulates thoughts among students about the choices we all make and about motivations for making them.

Read workshop responses sent to us by students here.

What are the minimum technological requirements?

Teachers and students need strong Wi-Fi connections and basic (free) Zoom accounts.

The VHEC volunteer docent who will facilitate the workshop will be the host of the Zoom meeting.

Please confirm on the booking form below or by e-mail/phone to VHEC staff that you have a basic Zoom account.

How long does a workshop last?

Sessions run 60 minutes for secondary school classes and 45 minutes for elementary school classes, or as per agreement with the Centre.

When are they offered?

Morning and afternoon in-classroom workshops are offered.

Who are the workshops suitable for?

  • We understand that class sizes vary this year. Recommended for a virtual gathering of 30 students maximum.
  • Recommended for students of grades 6 to 12 (can be tailored to secondary students)

What is the fee?

With generous sponsorship from the Diamond Foundation, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre is pleased to offer this program free of charge until June 2021.

How do I sign up?

You have two options:

  1. Please complete and submit the workshop request form below, or
  2. Contact us

What else should I know?

  • Due to the high volume of requests for workshops, we recommend that you book at least two weeks in advance.
  • If you have to cancel, we appreciate a minimum of three days cancellation notice

Contact us with any further questions you may have.


  1. Complete this form to book an interactive workshop.
  2. Clearly indicate any special requirements for your group
  3. Once you have submitted your form, one of our staff members will contact you to confirm your registration.

Thank you for your interest in this school program.

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