What Students & Teachers Say

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.

What Students Say

Greatest gift of all

“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 importance of love was the greatest present of all and for this I want to thank you…”

—Student
Ms. Emy Nakamura’s Grade 11 Social Studies

Never to be repeated

“It’s important to study historical injustices so we can understand what people have went through, and so we never repeat them.”

—Student
North Burnaby Secondary

I fully understand it all because of you

“I never really clued in on how bad war could really be… Please continue speaking about your life. You really made a difference and I will never forget you.”

—Student

Educating students is very useful

“We are the leaders of tomorrow and it is less likely for us to make the same mistakes as the leaders of the past.”

—Student

What Teachers Say

Beyond Words

“Your talk taught me about kindness and courage but most of all, hope.”

– Gillian Lock
Resource Teacher