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 initiative is underway to make the VHEC's Collections accessible to students, educators, researchers, survivors and the broader public. We are continually adding records and digitized items to the catalogue. Researchers are encouraged contact VHEC Collections staff to inquire about our full holdings and to access non-digitized materials described in our catalogue.

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.