VHEC opening (1994) with first exhibition “Anne Frank In The World”.
Ben Akselrod z’l (left) and Leon Kahn z’l.
A Permanent Legacy
The Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society was founded in 1983 by survivors of the Holocaust. The founders’ goal, realized in 1994 was to leave a permanent legacy in the form of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre devoted to Holocaust based anti-racism education
Private funds were raised to secure approximately 4,000 square feet of space to be built in the expansion of the Jewish Community Centre in the early 1990s. It was a complicated project brought to fruition by many committees but guided particularly by the VHCS Executive Director at the time, Ronnie Tessler, and Board member, Arthur Pouchet. The architects, Peter Rees and Jack Lutsky, and Museum of Anthropology consultant, David Cunningham and, were key participants. The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre opened in the fall of 1994 with the inaugural exhibit Anne Frank in The World: 1929–1945, an internationally acclaimed exhibition produced by the Anne Frank Center USA, New York.
Robert Krell served as founding President of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society from its inception to 1998, when Robbie Waisman assumed the Presidency. During Krell’s tenure, Dr. Roberta Kremer who had earlier consulted to the VHCS on the proposed Centre, was hired to be the Executive Director. Frieda Miller was added to our small but effective staff as Director of Education. Rome Fox came aboard as Coordinator of Volunteers on a part-time basis.
1st Annual Symposium on the Holocaust
1st Symposium on the Holocaust at UBC
1st Audio-Visual Testimony Recordings
Founding of the Society
Unveiling of the Holocaust Memorial at Schara Tzedeck Cemetery
First Zachor magazine published
Opening of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
First exhibition: Anne Frank in The World 1929–1945
First Kron Sigal Award presented
Dedication of Donor Wall
First VHEC publication
Supported by the Wosk Publishing Endowment Fund – ‘Bialystok to Birkenau’