Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Holocaust Society for Education & Remembrance
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
- Adoption of the minutes of the 2020 AGM
- Adoption of the 2020–21 Annual Report
- Receive and consider the financial statements of the Society
- Appointment of the chartered accountants
- Election of Directors
– Nominated for two-year terms: Rita Akselrod, Belinda Gutman, Jack Micner
– Continuing for existing terms: Marcus Brandt, Michelle Guez, Helen Heacock-Rivers, Philip Levinson, Michael Lipton, Talya Nemetz-Sinchein, Ken Sanders, Joshua Sorin, Al Szajman, Robbie Waisman, Corinne Zimmerman
- Life Fellow awards
– Philip Levinson, Past President; and
– Rome Fox, Assistant Director, VHEC
- Special tribute to Rome Fox on her retirement after 25 years with the VHEC
Everyone welcome to attend. Must be a member in good standing to vote.
RSVP by October 18th to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 604-264-0499
Thursday, November 4, 2021
7:00 pm PDT (sharp)
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Keynote speaker: Judy Batalion, New York Times-bestselling author of The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighter’s in Hitler’s Ghettos
In The Light of Days, author Judy Batalion unveils riveting stories of little-known women resistance fighters active in Hitler’s ghettos in Poland. Batalion brings these resistance fighters’ stories to light using diaries, personal accounts, interviews and extensive research. Her masterful book reveals the ingenuity, bravery and brilliance of the young women who fought as well as the range and breadth of the resistance effort.
The Light of Days was optioned by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, for whom Batalion is co-writing the screenplay and the book will soon be published across Europe and in Brazil, Korea and Israel.
The VHEC’s Dr. Abby Wener Herlin will engage Judy Batalion in a short Q & A following her presentation.
Program is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
*Please note that this event will not be recorded.
This year’s Kristallnacht commemorative program marks the 83rd anniversary of the state-sponsored pogrom known as the Night of Broken Glass, which took place on the night of November 9–10, 1938. Hundreds of synagogues were burned, Jewish-owned businesses were destroyed, nearly 100 Jews were killed and 30,000 were sent to concentration camps. The shards of broken window glass seen in front of Jewish-owned stores all over Germany the next morning gave this event its name.
Presented by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in partnership with Beth Israel Congregation with support from the Robert and Marilyn Krell Endowment Fund and our community’s generous contributions to the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver Annual Campaign.
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Rediscovering History: Collecting & Researching the Jewish Garment Industries of Germany & Austria
A presentation by Claus Jahnke, Fashion Historian and Collector
Vancouver-based fashion historian and collector Claus Jahnke is the owner of one of the most significant collections of German and Austrian historical clothing outside of Europe. Pieces from his collection have been exhibited in Vancouver, Toronto, New York and Vienna. Jahnke began collecting as a young man, often finding treasures at auctions and in thrift stores, or, in exceptional cases, from the descendants of emigrants in North America. In the 1990s, Jahnke discovered a pair of shoes at the Salvation Army in New Westminster. Manufactured by Gallus Shoes in Göttingen, Germany—a factory belonging to the Hahn family—the shoes are intrinsically linked to the VHEC’s current exhibition, Treasured Belongings: The Hahn Family & the Search for a Stolen Legacy.
Claus Jahnke regularly consults for historians and other researchers. In 1999, he acted as co-curator for the VHEC-produced exhibition Broken Threads: The Destruction of Jewish Fashion Industry in Germany and Austria, which examined the methodical destruction of Jewish involvement in the European fashion industry in the 1930s and 1940s.