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Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre fonds
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- Multiple media
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CA VHEC RA000
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- Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
- Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education and Remembrance
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464.3 cm of textual records / 4.64 m of textual records
508 photographs : black and white, colour
534 slides : 35 mm ; black and white, colour
2 audio cassettes
9 floppy disks
16 zip drives
4 flash drives
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The Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society for Education and Remembrance (VHCS) was founded in 1983 by a group of British Columbian survivors of the Holocaust and those with ties to the Warsaw Ghetto Committee and the Standing Committee on Holocaust Education of the Canadian Jewish Congress (Pacific Region). The society received charitable status in 1985. Its goal, realized in 1994, was to leave a permanent legacy to the province in the form of a Centre devoted to Holocaust-based anti-racism programming. In 1990, the VHCS partnered with the Jewish Community Centre on the Phase III development of its centre at 41st and Oak in Vancouver, and is located in the basement of that building.
Key members of the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society are:
Dr. Robert Krell, Founding President, 1983-1998
Robbie Waisman, President, 1998-2004
Rita Axelrod, President, 2004-2007
Jody Dales, President, 2007-2010
Ed Lewin, President, 2010-2016
Philip Levinson, President, 2016-
Rubin Pinsky chaired the VHCS collections committee in the early 1990s.
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The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC) was opened in 1994 by the VHCS. The VHEC stewards Western Canada’s largest collection of Holocaust-related artefacts, Holocaust testimonies and archival records. It manages a comprehensive library of books, films, educational resources, as well as rare books and special collections. The VHEC continues to acquire, preserve and make available primary and secondary sources as documentary evidence of the Holocaust and its effect on individuals, families and society.
Through education and remembrance, the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre engages students, educators and the broader public in British Columbia and beyond with the history of the Holocaust — the Shoah — and its ongoing relevance.
Scope and content
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.
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Fonds is arranged into two series. This arrangement leaves room for further series to be identified as a result of future processing of institutional records.
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Funding from Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) supported the processing and arrangement and description of materials in the Exhibitions series.
Funding from the IK Barber BC History Digitization Program supported the digitization and item-level descriptions of materials in the Newsletters series.
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Prepared by Sarika Kelm in 2017. Revised in 2018 and 2019 by Shyla Seller.
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