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

P: 604.264.0499
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Looking Back ... Moving Forward
Celebrating 40 Years


Thursday, May 26, 2016 | 5:30 PM

Congregation Beth Israel
989 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver

On May 26 2016, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre presents Looking Back … Moving Forward, a dinner and program commemorating 40 years of Holocaust education in British Columbia.

This very special event will feature Robbie Waisman, a survivor of the Holocaust, and Éloge Butera, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, illuminating the sort of educational work we do throughout the year.

The evening will also mark the more than three decades since survivors of the Holocaust, in 1983, founded the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education and Remembrance, and the two decades since those founders realized their goal, in 1994, of a permanent legacy in the form of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.

The honorary chairs of the event are the four Past Presidents: Dr. Robert Krell, Robbie Waisman, Rita Akselrod and Jody Dales. Event co-chairs are Mariette Doduck, Shoshana Lewis and Helen Heacock Rivers.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Dr. Art Hister, the son of Holocaust survivors.

To avoid disappointment, please RSVP immediately: 604.264.0499 or purchase tickets ONLINE




Open Hearts - Closed Doors: The War Orphans Project

March 1 - June 30, 2016

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
50 - 950 West 41st Avenue

Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM

Open Hearts - Closed Doors tells the story of the arrival in Canada of 1,123 Jewish children orphaned by the Holocaust. It chronicles the lives of these children as they emerged from the Holocaust into Displaced Persons (DP) camps and orphanages, and eventually to the ships that would lead them to new lives in Canada. It also tells the story of the efforts of Jewish organizations and international agencies that helped identify these children and bring them to Canada. The exhibit speaks to the efforts of Jewish social workers, members of the Jewish community and Jewish foster families who cared for them after their arrival. The project, which presents the documents, photographs and individual stories of the war orphans, attests to the power of communities to act and make a difference.

Originally developed by and presented at the VHEC in 1997, the Open Hearts - Closed Doors teaching exhibit is being re-presented to provide opportunities for visitors to engage with Canadian immigration policies from a historical perspective, using case studies of Holocaust survivors from the local community.

Supported by the Isaac and Sophie Waldman Endowment Fund,
held at the Vancouver Foundation.




What we do at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre is made possible when people like you purchase a VHEC membership.

Your gift is more critical than ever to ensure that the VHEC has the necessary resources to promote human rights, social justice and genocide awareness through education and remembrance of the Holocaust.

Please donate now.

Call the VHEC at 604.264.0499 or donate safely on line

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



Please be advised the VHEC Archives will be closed to research requests until June 30, 2016 as our staff work to facilitate better access to the Centre's collections.

Thank you for your understanding and our apologies for any inconvenience.