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

P: 604.264.0499
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Library and museum collection


The VHEC Library has over 4,000 Holocaust-related books, journals and videos/DVDs. We provide access to educational resources, reference material, rare books and special collections, memoirs, memorial books, fiction and non-fiction, and material for children and young adults. The library also houses a small multilingual collection. The library is open to everyone for on-site consultation. Teachers and VHEC members may borrow items from the library at no charge. Please get in touch with us if you would like more information about our services or collection.

Contact the librarian: library@vhec.org / 604-264-0499



ARCHIVES & CollectionS

The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC) stewards Western Canada’s largest collection of more than 1200 Holocaust-related artefacts, photographs, survivor testimonies and archival documents. Holdings consist of materials donated by survivors, families of victims, and other eyewitnesses of the Holocaust. The Centre acquires, preserves, and makes available these items as documentary evidence of the Holocaust and its effects on individuals, families, and society.

A major digitization initiative is underway to make the VHEC Collections more accessible to students, educators, scholars, visitors, and the broader public. The VHEC is processing, digitizing and cataloguing artefacts, documents, books, and Holocaust survivor audio-video testimony in preparation for the launch of a new online catalogue.

For more information follow VHEC Collections on twitter @VHECCollections



The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC) stewards Western Canada’s largest collection of Holocaust-related artefacts, Holocaust testimonies and archival documents. It also holds a comprehensive library of books, films, educational resources, as well as rare books and special collections. The VHEC acquires, preserves and makes available these items as documentary evidence of the Holocaust and its effect on individuals, families and society.

Many survivors and people in the community have Holocaust-related artefacts, even the smallest of which can tell an important story and reach a broad audience for generations to come through the VHEC Collections website and the Centre’s exhibitions and programs. The VHEC Collections is the result of generous donations from survivors, families of survivors and community members.

For more information on about donorship to the VHEC Archives & Collections, download the Information FAQ. Information FAQ



Czech Sefer Torah

This Sefer Torah was written in 1850 for the Jewish community of Smíchov a district of Prague in the former Czechoslovakia. The Sefer Torah remained in the Smíchov synagogue and played an integral role within the local Jewish community until the Nazi occupation of Bohemia and Moravia in 1939. This Torah is on permanent loan to the VHEC and was selected and donated to the Centre by Anita Shafran, Israel Zev & Elaine Shafran and families “in memory of our Grandparents Israel & Chana Shafran.”

Click here for more information on the Czec Sefer Torah.