history – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca News, entertainment and sports from Langara College journalism students Wed, 28 Feb 2018 23:15:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://www.langaravoice.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LOGO-100x100.png history – The Langara Voice https://www.langaravoice.ca 32 32 Punjabi Market Preserving its Heritage Through Stories https://www.langaravoice.ca/punjabi-market-preserving-its-heritage-through-stories/ Wed, 28 Feb 2018 18:10:16 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=32205 Punjabi Market came back to life last Sunday through anecdotes and cups of chai tea, as residents and business owners came together to share the importance of keeping its history alive.]]>

Reported by Myra Dionne

Punjabi Market came back to life last Sunday through anecdotes and cups of chai tea, as residents and business owners came together to share the importance of keeping it’s history alive.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation invited community members for breakfast at All India Sweets Restaurant to raise awareness of the market’s historical significance. In this video exclusive, Jessica Quan, special projects coordinator, explains why the market is a place that matters.  

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Event commemorates stories of Holocaust survivors https://www.langaravoice.ca/memories-shared-will-live-on/ Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:00:05 +0000 https://www.langaravoice.ca/?p=30400 Reported by Danica Walker The importance of keeping the stories of Holocaust survivors alive for generations to come is important, according to one of the few remaining who can tell their story. Holocaust survivor René Goldman spoke about personal survival in Nazi occupied France and the importance of preserving the events of the Holocaust at […]]]>

Reported by Danica Walker

The importance of keeping the stories of Holocaust survivors alive for generations to come is important, according to one of the few remaining who can tell their story.

Holocaust survivor René Goldman spoke about personal survival in Nazi occupied France and the importance of preserving the events of the Holocaust at a Kristallnacht commemoration event at Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue on Sunday night. He wants the Holocaust to be better taught in schools because of the dangers of forgetting such a horrific period of history saying that the world is currently seeing a resurgence of antisemitism so education is crucial.

“It is important that people at large, the populations at large, be aware of what had happened,” Goldman said. “I’m always angry every time I hear about the way history is taught or rather not taught in the high schools.”

Stories preserved for decades

The event marked the 79th anniversary of Kristallnacht, or ‘Night of Broken Glass’, when Jewish communities were targeted in a night of violence and destruction in Nazi Germany and Austria.

René Goldman takes part in a book signing after giving a keynote address at a Kristallnacht commemoration event on Nov. 5. Photo by Danica Walker

Goldman wrote a memoir titled A Childhood Adrift for The Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program with the Azrieli Foundation which looks at educating schools with survivor’s personal stories.

Jody Spiegel, director of The Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program, said having first-hand accounts are an indispensable resource. She spoke of the gravity of preserving their accounts.

“When the last survivor is gone and their words can no longer be spoken, it will be up to us to tell their story,” Spiegel said.

Educating youth for long-lasting memories

The program works with schools to teach the younger generation about the Holocaust by having survivors share their experiences.

“These students are the last generation of students to actually listen to a survivor,” Spiegel said.

Ilona Shulman Spaar, education director at the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, told The Voice how hearing a survivor speak affects young people.

“The most powerful is when they hear a survivor speaker,” Spaar said.

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