I'm Not Leaving
One Family's Choice Against Genocide
Tuesday 14th April 2015, 5.30pm
Te Ahumairangi, ground floor
Corner of Moleworth & Aitken Streets
As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide was launched in April of 1994, Carl refused to leave, even when urged to do so by close friends, his church, and the United States government.
Carl remained in Kigali providing aid to groups of orphans trapped around the city, helping to save hundreds of lives.
They will share stories of courage, forgiveness, and resilience during the 1994 Genocide as well as of Rwanda's remarkable journey of recovery and healing.
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Exhibition: Auschwitz to Aotearoa
The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand presents the exhibition "From Auschwitz to Aotearoa". The exhibition is about nine Jewish women who, after experiencing incarceration in Auschwitz, managed to make new lives for themselves and their families in New Zealand.
The nine women featured are: Hanka Pressburg; Rosa Svehla; Lotte Weiss; Sophie Galler; Hansi Keating; Olga Romer; Helen Ilona Erdos; Clare Galambos-Winter; and Katherine Bleier.
The lives and experiences of the nine women featured in the exhibition are an insight into the experiences of Holocaust survivors based in New Zealand and their war-time lives.
Auschwitz was the largest concentration camp complex built by the Nazi regime. It was the heart of the system of degradation, torture and extermination as the SS and their auxiliary forces carried out the Final Solution and systematic genocide. Between 1941 and 1944, over 1.1 million people were killed in Auschwitz.
The women's shared experience at Auschwitz II-Birkenau make up the foundation of the exhibition, as it attempts to tackle the question: "How did they survive?"
Visit this exhibition at 80 Webb Street, Te Aro, Wellington.
United Nations International Holocaust
Remembrance Day 2015
On 27 January 1945 the Soviet Red Army liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp at Oswiecim, 50km west of Cracow in German-occupied Poland. Of all the many Nazi death and labour camps Auschwitz saw the most Jewish deaths, nearly 1 million, out of the total Jewish deaths of nearly 6 million during the Holocaust.
In November 2005 the UN General Assembly proclaimed Auschwitz liberation day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an international memorial day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. The camp itself is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Because 2015 is the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation, the commemoration is getting special attention in New Zealand and elsewhere in the world.
Aubrey Pomerance MA
Chief Archivist of the Jewish Museum Berlin
“Teaching the Holocaust at
the Jewish Museum Berlin”
The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand hosted Aubrey Pomerance MA, Chief Archivist of the Jewish Museum Berlin in Wellington on Sunday 14 December. You can listen to his talk online: "Teaching the Holocaust at the Jewish Museum Berlin"
Speaker Series Spring 2014
The Holocasut Centre of New Zealand Spring Speaker Series featured three speakers in September and October:
Thursday, 4 September
Dr. Monica Tempian, Victoria University of Wellington
"When others boldly steer their ships/I stand on the harbour still and wracked with pain": the Lyric and Memory of Jerusalem's German-speaking Olim
Thursday, 18 September
Dr. Marco Sonzogni, Victoria University of Wellington
"Writing History's Inferno: Dante's Florence, Levi's Auschwitz and Heaney's Belfast"
Thursday, 30 October
David Zwartz, Chairman
Wellington Regional Jewish Council
"Early Holocaust commemorations among New Zealand's Jewish community"
Address given to the New Zealand
Holocaust Centre AGM 10 August
The Seeds of Prejudice in 21st Century New Zealand
Phillip Green is a mediator, arbitrator, adjudicator, and barrister. He is based in Wellington and works in New Zealand and overseas.
Born in 1949 New Zealand, Phillip remembers "an insulated, isolated, comfortable middle class world. And in it, the seeds of prejudice lay, not dormant, but germinating slowly."
Download his address below:
We gratefully acknowledge the very generous support of the following organisations:
In appreciation to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) for supporting this educator training project. Through recovering the assets of the victims of the Holocaust, The Claims Conference enables organisations around the world to provide education about the Shoah and to preserve the memory of those who perished.