At the VHEC’s Online Symposium on the Holocaust, students engage with a historian and a Holocaust Survivor Speaker. The symposium supports teaching about the Holocaust in a variety of settings, including home-based learning.

The symposium is:

  • Free-of-charge.
  • Recommended for students in grades 10 through 12.
  • Accessible to learners at any time after registration, offering different levels of engagement and learning at the user’s own pace. It can be taught in half a day, or over several days or weeks.

The symposium includes:

  • A video-recorded historical overview on the Holocaust by Dr. Lauren Faulkner Rossi (SFU).
  • Video-recorded eyewitness accounts by Holocaust survivors Lillian Boraks-Nemetz and Dr. Robert Krell and answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Guidelines for teachers, a note to students on how they can make a difference, and additional resources provided on the symposium website.

Follow these easy steps to enroll:

Ask students to take the same steps to enroll.

Symposia recordings were made at the presenters’ homes in April 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Annual Symposium on the Holocaust

[Not available during the COVID-19 pandemic.]

  • A symposium on the Holocaust held each spring for senior high school students.
  • Teachers and students engage with a historian, Holocaust Survivor Speakers and a keynote speaker. The symposium also includes a documentary film excerpt and a student Q&A panel.
  • This symposium is offered to diverse schools in the Lower Mainland.
  • The date for the upcoming Annual Symposium is to be confirmed.
  • Space is limited. Schools on a wait list from the previous year will be given priority.

To sign up, follow these simple steps:

  1. Contact us with the subject line: Annual Symposium on The Holocaust
  2. Indicate the name of your school and how many students would like to attend the symposium

A staff member will then follow up with you.

District-wide Symposia

[Not available during the COVID-19 pandemic]

  • Half-day district-wide symposia are held October through May every year in various school districts throughout Lower Mainland school districts, as shown below.
  • Each symposium consists of a historical overview of the Holocaust, a documentary film excerpt, a Holocaust Survivor Speaker presentation and a student Q&A period.
  • Known dates and locations for 2019 are listed below and others will be posted on an ongoing basis.

To sign up, follow these simple steps:

  1. Contact us with the subject line: School District Symposium
  2. Indicate which symposium you would like to attend, the name of your school, and how many students would like to attend the symposium

A staff member will then follow up with you.

Listen to Lillian Boraks-Nemetz, a child survivor of the Holocaust, share her experiences with students at the 12th Annual Symposia on the Holocaust in the Coquitlam school district.

DistrictDate & Time
West Vancouver, RockridgeFebruary 5, 2020
LangleyFebruary 11, 2020
AbbotsfordFebruary 25, 2020
West Vancouver, Kay MeekFebruary 26, 2020
Shawnigan Lake March 26, 2020 (cancelled)
Vancouver, MageeMay 12, 2020 (cancelled)
New WestminsterMay 14, 2020 (cancelled)
Surrey, Earl MarriottMay 26, 2020 (cancelled)

The VHEC is grateful to the following for their support of symposia programming:

Diamond Foundation, Summit Ice, Michael & Rita Levy,* Lohn Foundation, David & Danya Fugman, the Vaisler family,** the Azrieli Foundation, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and the Province of BC and by the following VHEC endowment funds: Joseph and Mary Bulles Legacy, Sid and Sylvia Eibschutz, Lilli and Izak Folk Memorial, Edwina and Paul Heller Holocaust Education, Leo Krell Memorial Book, Lovi Memorial, Goldie and Avrum Miller Memorial, Meyer and Gita Kron, Ruth Kron Sigal for Excellence in Holocaust Education and the Lehrer and Sophie Waldman endowment funds.

* In honour of Robert Krell’s Order of Canada

** In honour of Syd & Sari Vaisler and Naomi & Mac Adler


This symposium was informative, engaging, and though provoking. It really put a ‘human face’ on the Holocaust. The symposium is an excellent supplement to in-class education.

“There were many new insights and perspectives discussed that stimulated me to think critically about central issues surrounding the Holocaust and its effect on present conflicts.”