Fonds RA006 - Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Committee fonds

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Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Committee fonds

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  • Textual record
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  • Sound recording

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  • 1960-2011, predominant 1980-1986 (Creation)
    Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Committee

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35 cm of textual records
ca. 80 photographs
1 sound tape reel

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The Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress was founded in 1952 as the Warsaw Ghetto Committee with the purpose of honouring the memory of those who died at the hands of the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In 1978, Rob Krell and Paul Heller negotiated a name change to reflect a recognition of all those who suffered in the Holocaust. The Committee organized an annual memorial evening on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and sponsored other community events related to education and awareness about the Holocaust. The relationship between the Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Committee and the Canadian Jewish Congress transitioned in the mid-1980s, when responsibility for the administration of the committee moved to the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society (VHCS). After 2014, Yom Hashoah commemorative events have been organized by staff of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC).

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The fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, clippings and publications relating to the activities sponsored by the Committee. Fonds also includes a collection of short articles and publications on topics relating to the mandate of the Committee. Fonds is organized into 8 series: minutes, committee activities, subject files, clippings, publications, ephemera, photographs, and sound. Fonds includes records of the committee when it was known as the Warsaw Ghetto Committee.

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Records were donated to the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society by Anita Ornstein in 1990. Previously, records were stored in her home. A second accrual from Sophie Waldman was processed in 1996.


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      BCAUL control number: VHC-303

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      n.d., updated 2017 and 2018

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      • English

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