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CA VHEC RA000 · Fonds · 1981-2019

Fonds consists of records generated by staff and volunteers of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in the planning and administration of exhibitions, school programs, commemorative events, symposia, communications as well as a resource centre. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Exhibition records, Newsletters, Event programming records.

Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education and Remembrance
Exhibition records
CA VHEC RA000--01 · Series · 1981-2019
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Series consists of promotional materials, financial records, correspondence, photographs, design files, and other records to do with exhibitions produced and rented by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, starting with inaugural exhibit, Anne Frank in the World, 1929-1945, which opened November 7, 1994.

Event programming records
CA VHEC RA000-03 · Series · 1981–2019
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Records in this series document the four main event programming areas of the VHEC. These are: commemorative programs, educational programs, cultural programs and tributes. Event programming is planned and organized by VHEC staff and advised by volunteer members of various committees, including the Outreach Committee and the VHCS Program Committee and its predecessors, the Kristallnacht Committee, the Cemetery Service Committee, the Yom HaShoah Committee, the Teachers’ Advisory Committee and the High School Symposium Committee.

Records in series are generated as a result of the organization of events produced or co-produced by the VHEC or the VHCS and include promotional materials, publicity, correspondence, meeting minutes, budgets, notes, video documentation and other related records. Series is divided into six sub-series based on event type: Commemorative programming, Symposia and school programming; Conference programming; Workshops, lectures and forums; Cultural programming and Tributes.

CA VHEC RA000-03-02 · Subseries · 1981–2019
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Sub-series is comprised of records pertaining to educational programming geared primarily toward senior high school students. Main program areas are classroom outreach, district-wide symposia and an annual symposium on the Holocaust. Sub-series includes records documenting the organization of a symposia aimed at adults, Judgement on Nuremberg, programmed in 1996, and its accompanying school program, the Student Mock Trial of Julius Streicher.

Sub-series is divided into three sub-sub-series by program area: Annual symposium on the Holocaust records (1989–2019), Survivor Outreach Program records (1986–2019) and Judgement on Nuremberg program records (1996–1997, 2008). Most records are generated by VHEC staff. Some pre-date the opening of the centre and were created by volunteer members of the VHCS and its committees focused on educational programming.

CA VHEC RA000--01--33 · Subseries · 1985-2005
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Sub-series consists of promotional materials, photographs, newspaper clippings, financial records, loan agreement, feedback forms and other records to do with the Anne Frank: A History for Today exhibition, which ran from October 15 to December 15, 2004.

Conference programming
CA VHEC RA000-03-03 · Subseries · 1985–2019
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Sub-series is comprised of records pertaining to the organization of educational conferences programmed for adults, including teachers, the second generation of Holocaust survivors and other members of the Jewish community.

Conferences are arranged in chronological order. They are single events with the exception of the Shafran Teachers’ Conference, which is bi-annual. Sub-series is arranged into the following sub-sub-series: Primo Levi conference (1993–1999), The Past Hangs Over the Future conference (1992–1999), The Second Generation and the Legacy of the Holocaust (2001), the Shafran teachers’ conference (1999–2019) and the 31st annual SFJCSH&D conference (2019).

CA VHEC RA000--01--13 · Subseries · 1985-2007
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Sub-series consists of oral history project texts, scrapbooks, promotional materials, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, financial records, guest book, permission forms, and other records to do with the Open Hearts - Closed Doors: The War Orphans Project exhibition, which ran from November 17, 1997, to March 30, 1998. Sub-series also consists of materials to do with online Open Hearts - Closed Doors: The War Orphans Project exhibition.

CA VHEC RA000--01--01 · Subseries · 1986-1995
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Sub-series consists of promotional materials, correspondence, grant applications, financial records, meeting minutes, photographs, newspaper clippings, contracts, inventories and other records to do with the inaugural Anne Frank in the World, 1929-1945 exhibition, which was produced by the Anne Frank Center USA and ran from November 7 to December 11, 1994.

Survivor Outreach Program
CA VHEC RA000-03-02-02 · File · 1986–2019
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Records in this sub-sub-series are created and kept by members of the Outreach Committee and by staff of the VHEC and pertain to educational outreach programming on the subject of the Holocaust in BC. At the time of the opening of the VHEC, the Outreach Committee’s mandate was to provide knowledge of the events of the Holocaust to BC students, educators and special interest groups through eyewitness testimony. Committee members trained and scheduled docents and speakers to share their memories of the Holocaust, including experiences of discrimination, segregation, separation from and loss of family, as well as life in hiding, the ghettos, concentration camps, liberation and immigration to Canada. Survivor outreach speakers visit schools and other locations to tell their personal stories, promote anti-racism and challenge youth to become committed and responsible global citizens, alert to bullying, discrimination, racism and genocide.

Sub-sub-series consists of textual records and photographs generated as a result of survivor outreach programming by the members of the Outreach Committee and by staff of the VHEC. Records in sub-series include minutes, notes, reports, letters from students and program lists. Records documenting district symposia are included in sub-sub-series.

Yom HaShoah
CA VHEC RA000-03-01-02 · File · 1987–2019
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Sub-sub series consists of records generated and accumulated as a result of the VHEC’s participation in and organization of events marking Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), observed in April or May each year on or around the 27th day of Nisan in order to mourn the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, and to pay tribute to the Jewish resistance during that period. Yom HaShoah was first observed in Israel in 1951; it was anchored in a law passed by the Knesset in 1959 and is observed by Jewish communities internationally. The VHEC’s annual program brings together Holocaust survivors, successive generations and the wider public for candle-lighting, music and speakers. Programs were planned by volunteer members of the Warsaw Ghetto Committee, the Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Yom HaShoah committee of the VHCS. After 2014 Yom HaShoah commemorative events have been organized by staff of the VHEC.

Records in sub-sub series include promotional materials, press releases, newspaper clippings, correspondence, notes, budgets and other documents created and/or kept by VHEC staff.

Commemorative programming
CA VHEC RA000-03-01 · Subseries · 1987–2019
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Sub-series is comprised of records documenting the programming of commemorative events organized annually by the VHEC. It is divided into four sub-sub-series by commemorative program: Kristallnacht, Yom HaShoah, High Holidays and International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Sub-series includes records from past commemorative programming activities organized by members of the VHCS.

CA VHEC RA000-03-01-03 · File · 1988–2019
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Sub-sub-series is comprised of records created and kept by the VHCS and later, the VHEC, as a result of the organization of and participation in commemorative events held at the site of BC’s Holocaust Memorial, built by the VHCS’s Holocaust Memorial Committee and unveiled in 1987 at the Schara Tzedeck Cemetery in New Westminster. The memorial was intended to give members of the Jewish community a physical space to remember loved ones lost during the Holocaust, and to ensure the Holocaust is never forgotten. The VHCS’s Cemetery Service Committee, and later, staff of the VHEC programmed an annual ceremony on the Sunday between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (the High Holidays), a Sunday traditionally observed as a time of the year to remember those who have passed away. Some programs are presented with the Schara Tzedeck congregation and the Jewish War Veterans.
Records in sub-sub-series include promotional material, correspondence, notes and planning documents.

Newsletters
CA VHEC RA000-02 · Series · 1989–1994
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Series consists of newsletters printed by the VHCS between 1989 and February, 1994 and Zachor, published by the VHEC from May 1994 to the present. Series has been arranged into two sub-series: VHCS Update (1989–1994) and Zachor (1994–2019).

Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education and Remembrance
Kristallnacht
CA VHEC RA000-03-01-01 · File · 1989–2018
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Sub-sub-series consists of records generated and accumulated as a result of the VHEC’s organization of the Kristallnacht commemorative event in Vancouver, held annually in early November. Kristallnacht, or the “Night of Broken Glass,” was a state-sponsored pogrom the night of November 9th, 1938; hundreds of synagogues in Germany and Austria were burned, Jewish-owned businesses were destroyed, nearly 100 Jews were killed and 30,000 men were sent to concentration camps. The mandate of the Kristallnacht Commemorative Program Committee was: to produce an informative, educational lecture that helps the community gain a deeper understanding of the events of the Holocaust, its implication for society and on the community, to bring in leading scholars, writers, researchers and thinkers who would not otherwise be heard in the community, and to foster dialogue by informing the community about the history of the Holocaust.

Records in sub-series were generated by volunteer members of the Kristallnacht Commemorative Program Committee and by VHEC staff. They include promotional materials, participant lists, press releases, instructions to candle-lighters, newspaper clippings, correspondence, meeting minutes, budgets, transcripts of speeches and notes.

VHCS Update
CA VHEC RA000-02-02-01 · Subseries · 1989–1994
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Sub-series consists of issues of the VHCS Update, a newsletter printed by the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society between 1989 and 1994 in order to provide information about the society’s activities and local, national and international events of interest to its members.

CA VHEC RA000-03-02-01 · File · 1989–2019
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Sub-sub-series consists of records documenting the organization of the Annual High School Symposium on the Holocaust. Prior to the opening of the VHEC, the annual symposium was organized by members of the Canadian Jewish Congress – Pacific Region’s Standing Committee on the Holocaust. In 1995, the responsibility for organizing the event was transferred to the VHEC and its High School Symposium Committee. In 2010, the Symposium Committee was disbanded and its activities brought under the banner of the VHCS’s Program Committee. From the first symposium in 1976 to 2017, the event was held at the University of British Columbia and attended by high school students from around the region.

Records in sub-sub-series include programs, video documentation, lists, correspondence, photographs, budgets, committee meeting minutes and planning documents created or received by staff of the VHEC or volunteer members of the VHCS and its Symposium Committee.

Cultural programming
CA VHEC RA000-03-05 · Subseries · 1989–2009
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Sub-series consists of records generated as a result of the cultural programming activity of the VHEC and/or the VHCS. Records in sub-series include promotional and educational materials, budgets, publicity, correspondence and guest lists related to events organized or sponsored by the VHEC or the VHCS. Sub-series is further divided into sub-sub-series based on cultural form: Film and video events (1992–[2003]), Book events (1992–2003), Art and photography events (1989–1998), Music, theatre and radio events (1994–2009) and Other cultural events (1991–2005).

CA VHEC RA000--01--29 · Subseries · 1990-2017
Part of Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds

Sub-series consists of correspondence, photocopied book excerpts, newspaper clippings, CDs, teacher's guide, copyedited panel texts and image captions and other records to do with the Janusz Korczak and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto exhibition, which ran from October 20, 2002, to January 3, 2003.