Every year, the VHEC’s Holocaust education programs reach British Columbia classrooms, teachers and more than 25,000 students. Witnessing a first-hand account of a Holocaust survivor speaker, or viewing a Holocaust artefact has a deep and lasting impact on teachers and students that imparts the enduring lessons of the Holocaust in truly powerful and meaningful ways.
These are their stories once they become witnesses to the eyewitnesses.
“As the number of Holocaust survivors diminishes, and the resurgence of antisemitism is ever-prevalent today, it is necessary that we record survivors’ testimonies and educate the public in the interests of promoting the truth.”
Recipient of the Gordon Diamond Community Service Award
King David High School Class of 2019
“On the day you spoke, it was my 16th birthday. I received many presents. It wasn’t until I was sleeping that I realized that the knowledge of the effects of hatred and the importance of love was the greatest present of all and for this I want to thank you…”
Ms. Emy Nakamura’s Grade 11 Social Studies class
“When I find it most difficult to love and forgive, I look through your recorded history on the Primary Voices website, and go back to those lessons I learned. I guess what I am trying to say is that you’ve become my role model for what peace and love is, and what peace and love can be.”