About the Collections

The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre stewards Western Canada's largest collection of Holocaust-related artefacts, Holocaust testimonies and archival documents. It also holds a comprehensive library of books, films, educational resources, as well as rare books and special collections. The VHEC acquires, preserves and makes available these items as documentary evidence of the Holocaust and its effect on individuals, families and society. 

A major digitization and expansion initiative is underway to make the VHEC Collections more accessible to students, educators, scholars, visitors and others worldwide.

The VHEC Collections comprises four departments: Archives, Library, Museum and Holocaust Testimony.

Much of the collection is composed of the generous donations of local survivors, their families and community members. Their gifts individualize the loss and destruction of the Holocaust and the range of materials speaks to the diversity of experiences.

Documentation is vital for combatting Holocaust denial and will play an increasingly prominent role in the future of Holocaust education. Accordingly, the VHEC Collections offers numerous online resources for researchers and educators including finding aids, research guides, pedagogical materials and digitized primary sources.