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.