The digitization of materials in the VHEC's collections and the development of the online catalogue and collections management system was made possible through a generous donation on behalf of the Paul and Edwina Heller Memorial Fund through the Greater Vancouver Jewish Community Foundation.

The Government of Canada provided funding for the digitization and preservation of the VHEC's Holocaust testimony collection and the creation of supporting pedagogical and research materials to enhance the accessibility and use of the collection.

A grant from the BC History Digitization Program, sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia, funded the digitization and cataloguing of the Gottfried family collection.

Funding from Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) supported the cataloguing and digitization of the archival collection and supported the development of a digital preservation strategy that ensures the ongoing accessibility and long-term preservation of digital materials.


Nina Krieger, Executive Director
Elizabeth Shaffer, Director of Collections
Shannon LaBelle, Librarian
Katie Powell, Collections Assistant & Digital Photographer
Naomi Lloyd, Metadata Librarian
Caitlin Donaldson, Registrar
Marissa Parker, Project Archivist
Shyla Seller, Digital Archivist
Meghan Shields, Digitization Assistant
Lise Kirchner, Project Coordinator, Collections
Toni-Lynn Frederick, Coordinator of the VHEC Testimony Project
Illene Yu, Design
Kristy Waller, Digital Preservation Archivist
Katie Renaud, Research Assistant
Mattias Olshausen, Thesaurus Developer

The VHEC gratefully acknowledges the contributions of Sarika Kelm, Elise Bigley, Joanne Ng, Meredith Shaw, Lea Duranseaud, Chloe Stuart-Ulin and Karina Vertlib.

The VHEC wishes to thank the collections and information experts who were consulted in the course of this project: Ann Stevenson, Gerald Lawson and Alissa Cherry (Museum of Anthropology), Joanne Rudof (Fortunoff Archive for Holocaust Testimony) and Richard Dancy (SFU Archives).

This site was developed in collaboration with the team at Whirl-i-Gig using a custom configuration of CollectiveAccess, an open-source digital collections management and presentation software.

The digitization of the Holocaust survivor testimonies was carried out by Flume Media Archiving and Digitization.

The VHEC is located on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.