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50 - 950 West 41st Ave,
Vancouver BC, V5Z 2N7 Canada

P: 604.264.0499
F: 604.264.0497
E: info@vhec.org

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COMMEMORATION

KRISTALLNACHT

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2018 • 7 PM

Congregation Beth Israel
989 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver


KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Chris Friedrichs
Professor Emeritus of History, UBC

Kristallnacht at 80: Meaning and Memory

Holocaust survivors are invited to light a memorial candle.

Everyone Welcome This VHEC event is free of charge


Presented by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in partnership with Congregation Beth Israel and the Azrieli Foundation. This program is funded through our community’s generous contributions to the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver Annual Campaign. Supported by the Robert and Marilyn Krell Endowment Fund of the VHEC.

 

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Fragment of a prayer book burned during Kristallnacht, 9-10 November 1938. Berlin, Germany.Courtesy Andrew Rosengarten – VHEC Collections


EXHIBITION

IN FOCUS: THE HOLOCAUST THROUGH THE VHEC COLLECTION

JUNE 2018 – 2019
MONDAY TO THURSDAY • 9-5 | FRIDAY • 9-4

VANCOUVER HOLOCAUST EDUCATION CENTRE
50–950 West 41ST Avenue, Vancouver


The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre is proud to re-open its recently renovated space with the new exhibition In Focus: The Holocaust through the VHEC Collection.

The first exhibition to utilize the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre’s new museum-grade display cases, In Focus highlights the depth and breadth of our collection and educates about the Shoah and its enduring lessons.

This exhibition showcases artefacts entrusted to us by Holocaust survivors and their families.

With thanks to the following supporters: The Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada grant program. The Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada. Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation, London Drugs, Coast Hotels, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Vancouver, Dr. Robert & Marilyn Krell, Leon(z’l) & Evelyn Kahn and Family, Isaac & Judy Thau, Jody & Harvey Dales, Birgit Westergaard & Norman Gladstone, The Ben & Esther Dayson Charitable Foundation, Rabbi Yosef Wosk, Bob Markin & Ralph Markin, and The Lohn Foundation.

 

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EXHIBITION

FACES OF SURVIVAL: PHOTOGRAPHS BY MARISSA ROTH

JUNE 2018 – 2019
MONDAY TO THURSDAY • 9-5 | FRIDAY • 9-4

VANCOUVER HOLOCAUST EDUCATION CENTRE
50–950 West 41ST Avenue, Vancouver


Faces of Survival is a commissioned series of portraits of Holocaust survivors by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Marissa Roth.

While the Centre has undergone renovations over several months, survivors and families of survivors who passed, met with photographer Marissa Roth to have their photographs taken. It was important to both the artist and curatorial team that survivors who have passed away also be included, in some cases held by descendants. Representing and honouring the survivors who are no longer with us is an important aspect of the project.

The forty portraits depict the survivors – VHEC’s founding members, Holocaust survivor speakers and volunteers – both past and present – in a unique and powerful way.

Supported by the Diamond Foundation

 

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VHEC SUNDAY PROGRAMS


The VHEC will now be open several Sundays throughout the year, from 1-4 PM.

The Sunday programs will include docent-led tours and guest speakers. For dates and details, please see our Upcoming Events Page

Everyone welcome.

 

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VHEC COLLECTIONS

Explore Western Canada's largest collection of Holocaust-
related artefacts, survivor testimonies, archival materials,
and publications through the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC) Collections catalogue available at: collections.vhec.org.

The VHEC acquires, preserves and makes available these items as documentary evidence of the Holocaust and its effect on individuals, families and society. A major digitization initiative is underway to make the VHEC's Collections accessible to students, educators, researchers, survivors and the broader public. We are continually adding records and digitized items to the catalogue but not all records in the collection are suitable for digitization. Researchers are encouraged to visit the Centre in person to access non-digitized holdings described in our finding aids.


For more information about research click here

For more information about donating materials click here

 

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Rebecca Teitelbaum compiled this book of recipes and songs in secret, and at great risk, while in Ravensbrück concentration camp between 1944 and 1945. At night, the women imprisoned in the camp shared their best recipes – recipes that reminded them of their homes, and that they hoped to make again if they survived. Rebecca Teitelbaum brought the book with her when she immigrated to Canada in 1951. – Courtesy Alex Buckman, Child Survivor, VHEC Collection


VHEC ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

Thanks to the incredible support of our donors, the VHEC now has the capacity to showcase unique and powerful artefacts like Rebecca’s recipe book.

None of the important work of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre would be possible without the generous support of the community.

As we launch our annual campaign, additional funding is needed to fulfill our mandate and meet the growing demand for our programs. That is why we are asking you to renew or increase your tax-deductible gift to the VHEC and ensure our community’s ongoing dedication to education and remembrance of the Holocaust.

To donate, please call the VHEC at 604.264.049 or donate online now

For those of you who have already contributed, we thank you for your participation and generosity.


 

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THE HOLOCAUST AND THE UNITED NATIONS
OUTREACH PROGRAMME

Dr. Robert Krell is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, a child survivor of the Holocaust and founding president of the VHEC. Dr. Krell addressed the United Nations for International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2012.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day serves as a date for official commemoration of the victims of the Nazi regime and to promote Holocaust education throughout the world.

READ Dr. Rob Krell’s speech HERE