In Focus: The Holocaust through the VHEC Collection

Exhibition TypeIn-house exhibition
Event DateJune 2018–July 31, 2019
DescriptionIn Focus: The Holocaust Through the VHEC Collection brings to the forefront more than 80 artefacts and archival records mostly from the VHEC's collections. Most of these artefacts were donated by local Holocaust survivors, eyewitnesses and their families. In Focus provides an opportunity to learn about the Holocaust through the powerful lens of individual experiences as each artefact contains a personal story. Simultaneously, it speaks to the universal themes of Holocaust study. The exhibit offers multiple entry points for visitors to engage with artefacts. Alongside the visual display of items, three touch-screen kiosks provide opportunities to access digital information related to seven artefacts on display. The digital caption content alone includes 75 additional items including 31 testimony excerpts. In addition, reproductions of 11 selected collection pieces offer a hands-on learning experience. 

With thanks to the following supporters:
The Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada grant program

The Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada

Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation; London Drugs; Coast Hotels; Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Vancouver; Dr. Robert & Marilyn Krell; Leon (z'l) & Evelyn Kahn and Family; Isaac & Judy Thau; Jody & Harvey Dales; Birgit Westergaard & Norman Gladstone; The Ben & Esther Dayson Charitable Foundation; Rabbi Yosef Wosk; Bob Markin & Ralph Markin; and The Lohn Foundation



Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (originating institution)

Public Design (related)

Logic & Form (related)


Shaw, Meredith (researcher)

Powell, Katie (researcher)

Cohen Bacry, Thalia (researcher)

Hill, Ellyn (researcher)

Donaldson, Caitlin (archivist)