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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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EXHIBIT OPENING FALL 2014

CARL LUTZ AND THE LEGENDARY GLASS HOUSE IN BUDAPEST

ON VIEW UNTIL FEBRUARY 20, 2014

VHEC HOURS: Monday to Thursday • 9-5 PM | Friday • 9-4 PM
OPEN SUNDAY: November 16, 2014 • 12-4 PM, Guided Tour at 2 PM

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
50 - 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver

After the Nazi invasion of Hungary on March 19, 1944, 825,000 Hungarian Jews came under attack. Swiss Vice-Consul Carl Lutz issued thousands of safe passes and provided asylum to Jews threatened with deportation inside the Glass House, the site of a former glass factory. Lutz became the first Swiss national honoured as "Righteous Among the Nations" for the rescue of 62,000 Jews.

Presented on the 70th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Hungary, the VHEC’s new teaching exhibit Carl Lutz and the Legendary Glass House in Budapest illustrates a little-known story of diplomatic rescue and moral courage during the Holocaust in Hungary. The travelling exhibit, on loan from the Carl Lutz Foundation in Budapest, is enlivened by a VHEC-produced companion exhibit, which contextualizes Lutz’s rescue efforts through the testimony and artefacts of local Hungarian Holocaust survivors.

Carl Lutz and the Legendary Glass House in Budapest travelling exhibit produced by the Carl Lutz Foundation in Budapest. Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Switzerland.



 

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COMMEMORATION

KRISTALLNACHT COMMEMORATIVE LECTURE

Sunday, November 9, 2014 • 7 PM


Please note that Beth Israel Synagogue is now
located at 989 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver



Keynote Speaker: Professor Sara Horowitz, York University
Mothers and Daughters in the Holocaust


Holocaust survivors are invited to light a memorial candle.

Marking the Nazi state sponsored “Night of Broken Glass” of November 9, 1938, the 2014 Kristallnacht program explores how the Holocaust created circumstances that had a powerful impact on women in their roles as mothers and as daughters. Based on testimonies, autobiographies, memoirs and other reflections by Holocaust survivors, Professor Horowitz' talk will examine the relationships of mothers and daughters during and after the Holocaust, powerfully influenced by the experience of survival, atrocity, loss, and trauma.

Everyone Welcome

Presented by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in partnership with Congregation Beth Israel and with the support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver.


 

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VANCOUVER JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

The Last Mentsh
by Pierre-Henri Salfati

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 • 6:45 PM

Fifth Avenue Cinemas

2110 Burrard St, Vancouver

Marcus Schwarz has denied his Jewish heritage all his life. After surviving the horrors of the concentration camps, he sought to forget the trauma by creating a new identity for himself in Germany.
Faced with his own mortality, he now wants to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. To prove his identity to the Rabbis, he must journey back to his roots in Hungary to find proof of his birth. He is accompanied by Gül a young woman who, just like Marcus, tries to come to terms with her own past. The unlikely duo set out on a road trip across Europe that will end up irrevocably changing them both.

Tickets available at www.vjff.org

Sponsored by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre and the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival.


 
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CHERIE SMITH JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL

READING AND DISCUSSION

Monday, November 24, 2014 • 6:30 PM

Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre

50 - 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver


The Afterlife of Stars by Joseph Kertes
In the waning months of 1956, while Russian tanks roll into the public squares of Budapest to crush the Hungarian Revolution, brothers Robert and Attila Beck flee with their family. Author, Joseph Kertes, explores displacement and uncertainty in a dark time from the perspective of two boys filled with wonder at the world around them.


Sponsored by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre and the Cherie Smith Jewish Book Festival.

 

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MEMBERSHIP

A Holocaust survivor’s story unites personal experience with history in a way that is exceptional in its immediacy and power.

By presenting programs featuring Holocaust survivors, we deliver Holocaust education to more than 15,000 students each year.

A new generation of ‘witnesses’ who can share and apply the lessons of the Holocaust in their daily lives.


But we need to do more.

We need to reach more students and we need your generous support to do so.



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ARCHIVES: IMPORTANT NOTICE

Please be advised the VHEC Archives will be closed to research requests until the 31st of December 2014 as our staff work to facilitate better access to the Centre's collections.

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