Writing Lives: The Holocaust Survivor Memoir Project collection
Fonds / Archival Collection
Extent & Medium12.5 cm of textual records
406.9 MB (.DOCX, .PDF)
91 MB (.JPG)
Administrative/Biographical HistoryThe Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC) was opened in 1994 by the Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society (VHCS). The VHEC is devoted to Holocaust-based anti-racism education and commemoration. Its staff produce thematic exhibits, school programs and commemorative events, publish a newsletter entitled Zachor and administrate the Wosk Publishing Program. The VHEC holds Western Canada’s largest collection of Holocaust-related artefacts, Holocaust testimonies and archival records and manages a comprehensive library of books, films, educational resources, as well as rare books and special collections.
Scope & ContentCollection is comprised of records accumulated as a result of the participation of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in a project entitled Writing Lives: The Holocaust Survivor Memoir Project. Writing Lives was a partnership between Langara College’s English and History departments (spearheaded by instructor Rachel Mines), the Azrieli Foundation and the VHEC. For the project, students at Langara College worked closely with Vancouver-based Holocaust survivors to produce their written memoirs over the course of two semesters. In the first semester, students learned about the Holocaust by studying literary and historical texts. In the second semester, students interviewed survivors, transcribed the interviews and together with the survivors, completed written memoirs. In this fonds are the memoirs, administrative files and digital photographs produced during the two-year run of the project. Seven survivors participated in the first year of the project, from 2016 to 2017; five survivors participated in the second year of the project, from 2017 to 2018.
Collection is divided into three series: Memoirs (2017–2018), Administrative files (2016–2018) and Photographs (2017–2018).
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferRecords were in the custody of the Education Director of the VHEC and transferred to the VHEC’s archival holdings in 2019. Course syllabi, draft contracts, student reflections, article and publicity materials were provided by Rachel Mines in 2019.
AccrualsNo further accruals are expected.
NoteBecause the collection is comprised of institutional records, there is no donation agreement covering these materials.
System of ArrangementRecords are arranged into three series by the archivist.
RightsMaterials available for research and education purposes only. Permission to publish, copy or otherwise use these materials must be obtained from the copyright holders.