Liberation photograph collection
Fonds / Archival Collection
Extent & Medium25 photographs : print
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 photographs taken during or shortly after the liberation of some of the more notorious concentration camps including Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, and Dachau. Photographs depict evidence of atrocities and post-war recovery efforts and were taken and distributed by liberating soldiers and others.
Archival HistoryCollection was aggregated by the archivist from multiple donations to the VHCS and VHEC from multiple donors in the following accessions:
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferSee item-level descriptions for sources of acquisition of photographs in collection.
AccrualsFurther accruals are possible.
NotePhotographs in collection were selected due to their rarity and uniqueness, following searches in databases run by the USHMM and Yad Vashem.
For more information about liberation photography, see: https://www.ushmm.org/collections/the-museums-collections/about/photo-archives/world-war-ii-liberation-photography
System of ArrangementRecords in series are arranged in groupings by donor in order of the year they were donated to the VHEC.
Rules or ConventionsISAD(G) informed by Rules for Archival Description
Archivist's NoteDescription created in 2022 by Michaela Sawyer based on catalogue records created at the time of the donation of these photographs. Funded in part by the Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program.
Date of Description2022