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VHCS Update

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.


Sub-series consists of copies of Zachor, a publication printed and distributed by the VHEC from May 1994 to the present. Zachor communicates with VHEC members and the wider public about the Centre’s programs, events and current issues related to human rights, social justice and Holocaust education. Issues feature original writing from Holocaust survivors, their families and other community members, including teachers and students.

Conference programming

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).

Event programming records

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.

High Holidays memorial service

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.

Judgement on Nuremberg: Symposium and student mock trial

Sub-sub-series consists of invitations, correspondence, promotional materials, newspaper clippings, docent notes, teachers’ guide and other materials generated as a result of the organization of the Judgement on Nuremberg symposium and student mock trial school program presented by the VHEC in 1996. Mock trial school program was re-presented in 2008; records generated as a result of the organization of that school program included in sub-sub-series.

Dr. [Leonard H.] Ehrlich lecture

File consists of correspondence, research material and notes related to the Judenrat: Rush to Judgment? A Case History lecture delivered by Dr. Leonard H. Ehrlich, Director and founder of Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts and professor Emeritus of the University’s Center and Study Program in Freiburg.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Sub-sub-series is comprised of records generated and accumulated as a result of the VHEC’s participation in and organization of events marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, held annually on or around January 27th, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. International Holocaust Remembrance Day was established in 2005 by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/7. It honours the memory of victims of the Holocaust and rejects Holocaust denial and condemns religious intolerance and persecution.
Records in this sub-sub-series include programs, flyers, correspondence, budgets, notes and other documents related to the VHEC’s annual commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Shafran teachers’ conference

Sub-sub-series is comprised of records generated as a result of the VHEC’s organization of a bi-annual professional development conference aimed at educators teaching the Holocaust in elementary, high school and university settings. Conference programming is aimed at investigating strategies and rationale for teaching the Holocaust within the provincial curriculum. The Educators’ Conference was first programmed in 1999 under the guidance of the Teachers’ Advisory Committee and with financial assistance from the Shafran Endowment fund of the VHCS. It was renamed the Shafran Teachers’ Conference in 2003.

Records in sub-sub-series include conference programs, opening remarks, Teachers’ Advisory Committee meeting minutes, participant feedback, teacher packets and related materials.

Workshops, lectures and forums

Sub-series is comprised of correspondence, promotional material and other records related to lectures, workshops and discussions programmed or co-presented by the VHEC. Events are programmed for audiences of adults, including teachers, members of the Jewish community, other cultural groups and the wider public.

Other cultural events

Sub-sub-series consists of records generated by members of the VHCS in the course of its cultural programming activities. Records documenting the organization of the official opening of the VHEC are included in in this sub-series.

31st annual WFJCSH&D conference

Sub-sub-series is conference program for the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust and Descendants, held in Vancouver in 2019 in association with the VHEC and documents and audio recordings pertaining to the VHEC’s support of an exhibition of artworks by Malka Pischanitskaya organized as part of the conference.

Gilbert lecture

File contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, notes, tickets, promotional material, planning documents and other records related to a lecture by Sir Martin Gilbert entitled Jewish Resistance: The Unknown Heroes, delivered at an evening in honor of Dr. Robert Krell sponsored by the VHCS and State of Israel bonds.

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