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Annual symposium on the Holocaust

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.

Survivor Outreach Program

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.

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.

Symposia and school programming

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.


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.

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.

Yom HaShoah

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

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.

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.

Stanley Winfield fonds

  • CA VHEC RA044
  • Fonds
  • 1939–1994, predominant 1945

Fonds consists of photographs, publications, reports and correspondence created or collected by Stanley Winfield while he was a sergeant with the Royal Canadian Air Force, related to the time he spent at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp shortly after its liberation. Fonds consists of a copy of a scrapbook created by Winfield on the subjects of Bergen-Belsen and Ted Aplin; passports belonging to the Lichtensterns, who were a Jewish couple related to Winfield’s mother and who fled Austria for the United States in 1939; and the program for and copies of speeches delivered at the fiftieth anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. Fonds is arranged into three series: Photographs (1945), Belsen and Ted Aplin scrapbook (ca. 1977) and Collected textual records (1939–1995).

Winfield, Stanley H.

Loewy postcard collection

  • CA VHEC RA043
  • Collection
  • 1942–1943

Collection is comprised of twenty-eight postcards written by Sylvia Loewy, in Stockholm, Sweden, to her husband, Fritz, after his 1942 arrest and deportation. Not knowing where her husband was, Sylvia sent the postcards by registered mail to shtetls, ghettos and concentration camps throughout the Polish General Government territory. The postcards were sent in batches with similar messages, explaining that she lives in Sweden, that she is fine, and that she hopes to receive news from her husband as soon as possible.

Ejnesman, Kornwaser family photograph collection

  • CA VHEC RA045
  • Collection
  • [192-]–[before 1942]

Collection is comprised of original photographs and photo postcards of Shoshana Fidelman’s grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts and siblings, none of whom survived the Holocaust. Photographs were taken in Poland prior to the Second World War and mailed by Shoshana Fidelman’s family living in Starachowice-Wierzbnik and Bodzentyn to family members in Canada and Israel.

René Goldman fonds

  • CA VHEC RA046
  • Fonds
  • 1917–1965

The records in this fonds pertain mostly to René Goldman and his parents, Wolf and Mira Goldman from Poland, Luxembourg and France. Fonds consists of family photographs, travel and identity documents, disappearance reports, certificates and post-war school records from orphanages resided in by René Goldman. Records have been arranged into the following two series: Goldman family photographs series (1917–[195-?]) and Goldman family records series (1929–1965).

Goldman, René

Gottfried family fonds

  • CA VHEC RA001
  • Fonds
  • [189-]–2000, predominant [191-]–[196-]

Fonds consists of vital records, administrative documents, trade certificates, travel papers, correspondence, letters of reference, liturgical materials, and photographs relating to the lives of members of the Gottfried family and the families of Gerda and Lori Gottfried's husbands (the Kraus and Seemann families, respectively). Records detail the vital statistics, career history, educational attainment, travels and emigration efforts of the family from the early twentieth century until the beginning of the twenty-first century. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Vienna ([189-]–1939), Shanghai (1939–1949), Emigration (1947–1950), Vancouver (1949–2000), Photographs ([191-]–[197-]).

Gottfried family

Frank and Laura Marshall fonds

  • CA SAM MS 19
  • Fonds
  • 1939

The title is based on the contents of the fonds. It is divided into two series: correspondence and print samples.

Marshall, D. F.

Margaret McEwen fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1922

Title based on the contents of the fonds and is divided into 3 series consisting of correspondence, autograph books, and memorabilia.

McEwen, Margaret

Leon M. Zolbrod fonds

  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1974-1989]

Fonds consists of an annotated typescript manuscript and page proofs of Zolbrod's translation of the Japanese classic "Ugetsu Monogatari" ("Tales of Moonlight and Rain") and an unpublished manuscript entitled "Reluctant Genius: The Life and Work of Buson, a Japanese Master of Haiku and Painting".

Zolbrod, Leon M., 1930-1991

Jacob Zilber fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1950 - 2003

The fonds consists of personal and professional materials created and collected by Professor Jacob Zilber. The fonds consists of screenplays, manuscripts, drafts, notes, and correspondences relating to Jacob Zilber's published and unpublished materials. The fonds also includes biographical and autobiographical material, clippings, teaching records and course materials. It also contains manuscripts by students, materials related to musician and composer Michael Zilber, Department of Creative Writing administrative records as well as various UBC committee records.
The fonds is divided into five series: Manuscripts, Screenplays, Monologues series (1950-1999); Administrative and Teaching Materials series (1964-1989); Personal Materials series (1950-1997); Photographs series (1947-1989); and Audiovisual Materials series (196?-1985).

Zilber, Jacob

Walter Young fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1919, 1937-1983

Fonds consists of materials which document Walter Young's personal life, academic career, and political interests. It includes correspondence, minutes and agendas, reports, lecture notes and other course materials, financial statements, manuscripts, index cards, audio recordings, and publications (including books, newspapers, magazines, journals, pamphlets, and clippings). They are arranged in two series, Personal Papers and Research. Their original order has largely been maintained.

Young, Walter D.

Gladys Wright fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1923, 1980

Fonds consists of a hand-written account of Gladys Wright's memories of the UBC Fairview campus. Also included are seven heavily-annotated textbooks (copies of Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale", "The Merchant of Venice", "Coriolanus", "Twelfth Night" (2 copies), "Julius Caesar", and "Othello") used in Garnett G. Sedgewick's English courses. The latter items document teaching and note-taking methods from the 1920's, in particular those methods practiced in Sedgewick's classes.

Wright, Gladys

George Woodcock fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1933-1949, 1954-1956, 1976, 1992.

The fonds consists of copies of radio scripts from Woodcock's radio broadcasts, correspondence with George Orwell and poet Lance Godwin, and examples of Woodcock’s early poetry.

Woodcock, George

Susan Wood fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1974-1980

Fonds consists of correspondence, review articles, and published materials. both general (1974-80) and in relation to her involvement with the SF issue of "Room of One's Own" (1979-80). There are also records arising from Wood's participation in the "Pacific Northwest Review of Books" and copies of review articles (1977-78). Also included are materials (predominantly printed) from "Crossing Frontiers", a 1978 conference which brought together Canadian and American literary scholars, historians and writers to discuss comparative literature from the two "wests".

Wood, Susan Joan

Canoe Boat Club

  • Fonds
  • 1946

The fonds is divided into 9 series and consists of minutes (1947-1995) and AGM Minutes (2000-2013), correspondence, membership lists spanning from 1947 to 2008.

Canoe Boat Club

Audiovisual recordings

Series consists of records relating to Searcy’s worship leadership at University Hill Congregation, presentations at Maritime Conference and Berwick Camp, Nova Scotia, and retirement service and luncheon.

Significant documents

Series consists of records relating to Searcy’s career as student, pastoral minister, lecturer and presenter, writer, and leader in the wider church. Record types include correspondence, news clippings, photographs, academic degrees, curriculum vitae, copies of articles, handwritten letters of appreciation, orders of service, and memorabilia from special events.

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