Open Hearts, Closed Doors: The War Orphans Project


Exhibition TypeIn-house exhibition
Event DateNovember 17, 1997–March 30, 1998
VenueVancouver Holocaust Education Centre
DescriptionOpen Hearts, Closed Doors marks the 50th anniversary of the arrival in Canada of 1,123 Jewish children orphaned by the Holocaust. It chronicles the lives of these children as they emerged from the Holocaust into DP camps and orphanages, and eventually to the ships that would lead them to new lives in Canada. It also tells the story of the efforts of Jewish organizations and international agencies, such as the Red Cross, who helped identify these children and bring them to Canada. It also speaks to the efforts of Jewish social workers, members of the Jewish community and Jewish foster families who cared for them after their arrival. The exhibition, which presents the documents, photographs, memoirs, diaries and individual stories of the war orphans, attests to the power of communities to act and make a difference.