Finding Aids

The VHEC's archival fonds and collections explore Jewish life from the late nineteeth century to the present day, covering themes and personal narratives that relate to Jewish life and culture, the rise of Nazism, the Holocaust, immigration, internment and post-war Canadian settlement.

The VHEC Archives can be accessed through the finding aids below. The finding aids allow users to explore the archives and search across aggregations at the highest level (i.e. fonds or collection). They supply comprehensive information about the origins, context and materials that make up the individual archival fonds or collections.

The VHEC finding aids are generated in real time with the most up-to-date records in the collection system. These interactive records enable researchers to navigate the Centre's online catalogue and can be downloaded as PDF documents for offline reference. Finding aids are listed by collection or fonds title. Their contents can be explored by clicking and expanding through the hierarchical levels to series, files or items contained within the fonds/collection. 

Please check back often as many collections continue to be arranged, described and digitized. Researchers seeking access to a specific collection and or those with questions about material not yet listed are welcome to contact the archivist at 604-264-0499 or collections@vhec.org.

Fonds is comprised of correspondence, photographs, identity and personal documents, society registration documents, minutes, clippings, memorabilia and ephemera created or collected by Alexander and Gina Dimant in Poland, the Union of Soviet Socialis...

Fonds consists of documentation supporting Amalia Boe Fishman’s application to Yad Vashem’s Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority to have Fishman’s foster family, the Spiekhouts, recognized as Righteous Am...

Fonds is comprised of family photographs, correspondence to Ruth and Leopold Hollander from relatives living in the Warsaw ghetto, travel and identification documents, research, testimony and other materials pertaining to the history of the Hollander...

Fonds consists of photograph albums and loose photos, personal records, passports, financial records, reparation and compensation claims forms, correspondence, notebooks and notes, ephemera and published materials relating to the lives of the Baltuch...

Fonds consists of photograph albums, loose photographs, books, memoir, table cloth and official documents relating to the lives of members of the Bick family. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Werner Bick memoir series (2002), Prayer...

Collection consists of articles, lectures, correspondence, newspaper clippings and other textual and digital material and produced and collected by John Conway relating to the life, activity and legacy of Dr. Rudolf Vrba, a Slovak Jewish Holocaust su...

Fonds consists of identification papers, travel documents, letters of reference, ephemera as well as family photographs and heirlooms. Records document the Feldmans’ experience of the Holocaust in Poland, specifically their time in displaced pe...

Fonds is comprised of records generated as a result of Dr. Helen Karsai’s volunteer activity in Vancouver, BC, organizing and participating in Holocaust-based social, educational and cultural events, and teaching the context and events of the H...

Collection consists of materials relating to Warsaw, Poland, in the Second World War era. Records include correspondence from Komar's family living in the Warsaw ghetto, documents showing a German leaflet dropped on Warsaw in 1938 and accompanyin...

Fonds is comprised of photographs, certificates, identity and repatriation cards, correspondence and photocopies of administrative records. Records pertain to the experiences of the Vanry family during the Holocaust in France. Fonds also includes pho...

Fonds consists of story drafts and manuscripts; photographic prints, negatives and slides; videocassettes; audio cassettes; vital and personal records; and correspondence relating to the lives of members of the Dunner family. Records detail their exp...

Fonds consists of vital records, passports and travel permits, correspondence, objects, photographs, letters of reference, and ephemera relating to the lives of members of the Eisinger family, as well as their family history. Fonds has been arranged ...

Collection is comprised of original photographs and photo postcards of Shoshana Fidelman’s grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts and siblings, none of whom survived the Holocaust. Photographs were taken in Poland prior to the Second World War...

Fonds consists of postcards, photographs, identity, work and personal documents produced or received by Frank Orban relating to his family, work and life in Hungary, Israel, Greece and Canada. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Postca...

Collection is comprised of photographs taken by Canadian aircraftman and photographer Fred Thompson in locations in Germany, Belgium, England and the Netherlands in 1945, at the end of the Second World War. Photographs depict military personnel and a...

Fonds is comprised of vital records, administrative documents, trade certificates, travel papers, correspondence, letters of reference, liturgical materials, and photographs relating to the lives of members of the Gottfried family and the families of...

Collection consists of Holocaust-related material collected by Harrison and Hilary Brown. Records include booklets, pamphlets, propagada, news clippings, articles and reports by Harrison Brown, a scrapbook containing notices of his speaking tours and...

Fonds is comprised of administrative and other records generated as a result of the activities of the Holocaust Memorial Committee of the VHCS. The Holocaust Memorial Committee managed the design and construction of a Holocaust memorial monument and ...

Collection is comprised of newspapers, magazines and other periodicals published in Western Europe and the United States in the period leading up to and during the Second World War. Publications are relevant to Holocaust studies and education in that...

Fonds consists of Manes' Star of David badge worn in Belgium, as well as documents and photographs documenting her and her family's experience of the Holocaust in Belgium. Fonds has been arranged into two files: Kollmann family file ([194-]&n...

Collection is comprised of writings by Polish Holocaust survivor Iza Laponce and identity cards belonging to Helena and Stanislaw Fiszhaut, adoptive parents of Iza Laponce. Writings are parts one and two of Laponce's memoir and a draft of an arti...

Fonds consists of records generated as a result of Jack Gardner’s role in the Red Army, his medical leave, residency in the Foehrenwald displaced persons camp, immigration to North America and his advocacy work in restoring Jewish cemeteries an...

The fonds consists of Jakoubovitch’s yellow cloth star, her memoir, a typewritten manuscript detailing Jakoubovitch’s experience of the Holocaust, digital copies of family photographs, one photocopied newspaper clipping and one item of co...

Fonds consists of case files, committee reports and correspondence relating to Rose’s work with Jewish immigrants to Canada in the 1940s and 1950s. Also included are a number of commemorative materials including obituaries and tribute articles....

Fonds consists of photographs, vital records, personal notes, transcribed songs, correspondence and ephemera relating to the life of Jennie Phillips. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: JP photographs series (1912–1982), JP vital...

Fonds consists of memoirs, correspondence, photographs, vital records, travel documents, financial documents, publications, newspaper and magazine clippings, handwritten notes and drawings, maps, conference papers and artefacts relating to the life o...

Fonds consists of vital records, citizenship documents, correspondence, photographs, slides, published materials, manuscript, videocassette, audio cassettes and objects relating to the lives and interests of the Kaplan family. Fonds has been arranged...

Fonds is made up of seven photographs taken by an unknown photographer at Bergen-Belsen in 1945 and 1946, kept by Hungarian Jewish Holocaust survivor Klara Forrai. Photographs depict camp exteriors, activities undertaken by Forrai and other surviving...

Fonds consist of personal records, passports, Canadian certificates of citizenship, Bert Knoll’s notes, speeches and drafts of his life writing and photographs taken in Austria, Germany, Israel and Canada. Most of the documents pertain to the K...

Collection is comprised of twenty-eight postcards written by Sylvia Loewy, in Stockholm, Sweden, to her husband, Fritz, after his 1942 arrest and deportation. Not knowing where her husband was, Sylvia sent the postcards by registered mail to shtetls,...

Fonds consists of textual records, graphic materials, and artefacts relating to Louise Sorensen’s life in the Netherlands, some of which was spent in hiding. Many of the items are wartime records, including photographs and negatives, correspond...

Collection is comprised of memorabilia received or collected by Maurice Smith while performing military service in Italy and the Netherlands. Collection is divided into three series: Artefacts [between 1939 and 1945], Correspondence, photograph (1945...

The records in this fonds pertain to the experience of Mayer Levit after his liberation from Bergen-Belsen. These include transit and identification documents, a prayer book, embroidered towel, ration card and official documents attesting to his stat...

Fonds consists of records pertaining to the life, military service and work of members of the Meyer family in Germany before 1939, records related to their attempts to leave Germany and personal objects used by Paul Meyer in Vancouver. Records includ...

Fonds is comprised of personal documents, correspondence, ephemera and stories written and/or used by Holocaust survivor Mottel E. Menczer during and after the Second World War. Fonds is arranged into three series: Travel, identification documents an...

Collection consists of records gathered or purchased by Peter N. Moogk as a result of his interest in Second World War history. Records document the Holocaust era in Europe, in particular the Netherlands, under the German occupation government. Colle...

Collection consists of correspondence from Pichos Zozulya to his descendants, describing the family’s experience of the Holocaust in Ukraine and its aftermath. Also includes a photograph of Pichos Zozulya dated 1964. 

Fonds is comprised of correspondence, family records and photographs created and/or kept by members of the Pollák, Deneberger and Kiss family, a Jewish family living in Tápiószele, Hungary during the Second World War. Records doc...

The records in this fonds pertain mostly to René Goldman and his parents, Wolf and Mira Goldman from Poland, Luxembourg and France. Fonds consists of family photographs, travel and identity documents, disappearance reports, certificates a...

Fonds consists of scrapbook and supplemental materials, correspondence, photographs and family history documents relating to the lives of the Rosengarten family. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: Themar, Thüringen scrapbook seri...

Fonds consists of photographs, International Refugee Organization (IRO) documents, court document, correspondence, and German driver’s license relating to the life of Sender Mines. Fonds has been arranged into the following series: SM photograp...

Fonds consists of vital statistics records, administrative documents, drawings, publications, educational certificates, academic papers, photographs, correspondence, letters of reference and audio-visual testimony relating to the life and work of Eri...

Fonds consists of photographs, publications, reports and correspondence created or collected by Stanley Winfield while he was a sergeant with the Royal Canadian Air Force, related to the time he spent at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp shortly a...

Fonds consists of records relating to the pre- and post-war experience of Rebecca (née Buckman) Teitelbaum, Herman Teitelbaum and their family. Fonds is arranged into five series: Notebooks (1944–1945), Correspondence (1944–1945), ...

Collection consists of photographs collected by Tom Perry and a letter written to Perry's wife, Claire, documenting the conditions he witnessed in the Buchenwald concentration camp, nine days after liberation.

Collection consists primarily of records generated or used during the period of the Second World War by the Vilcsek family in Budapest, Hungary. These include vital statistics and personal records of the Vilcsek family, photographs, and postcards mai...

Collection 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 Co...

Fonds is comprised of records created by Anita Ornstein in her capacity as secretary of the Committee, and those accumulated by previous secretaries. Also included are the records accumulated by Sophie Waldman as a member of the Committee executive. ...

Fonds consists of records relating to the ennobling of the von Baiersdorf family in 1884, the family’s personal financial record keeping, marriages, Otto Reif’s assistance to a displaced person, Erna von Engel-Baiersdorf’s work as a...