The displays focus on the Holocaust and New Zealand:
Jewish life before and after the Holocaust.
Two parallel Timelines, events in Europe and the New Zealand responses.
The experience of the Holocaust told through the stories of New Zealand Holocaust survivors.
Powerful videos of Holocaust survivors telling their stories.
View the new exhibition 'Auschwitz to Aotearoa: Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps' about nine Jewish women, from different countries and backgrounds, who survived Auschwitz and later came to New Zealand.
Gain an insight into the experiences of Holocaust survivors based in New Zealand and their war-time lives.
Learn about the challenges refugees from Nazi Europe faced in New Zealand.
Caging Skies, a play written by award-winning writter Desiree Gezentsvey and directed by visionary director Andrew Foster, has its world premier at Circa Theatre beginning August 12. More details about the play and showtimes are available here. Tickets can be booked here.
Due to Pesach/Passover & Easter closures the Centre will have the following hours over the next fortnight.
Monday 10 April: Open as usual 10 -1pm
Tuesday 11 April: CLOSED
Wednesday 12 April: CLOSED
Thursday 13 April: Open as usual 10 – 1pm
Friday 14 April: CLOSED
Saturday 15 April: CLOSED (as usual)
Sunday 16 April: CLOSED
Monday 17 April: CLOSED
Tuesday 18 April: CLOSED
Wednesday 19th: Open as usual 10 -1pm
Also note: ANZAC DAY April 25th Closed.
We are bringing outreach to the South Island for a week from Monday 2nd April to Friday 7 April.
Details of dates, times and how to book are provided below. All schools, except those in Nelson, will
have two/three sessions each day. Contact Chris Harris at
Monday 3 April: Nelson Region
Wednesday 5 April: Christchurch, Papanui High School.
Thursday 6 April: Oamaru, Waitaki Girls
Friday 7 April: John McGlashan College
The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand presents a six week lecture series exploring the Holocaust from an interdisciplinary perspective. History, the Arts, Geography, Local politics: The diverse foundation of this course will build on your Holocaust knowledge, whether this is your introduction to the subject or you have been deeply engaged for decades.
These lectures are open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of World War II and the Holocaust.
Cost: $60 per person
Time: 4pm – 5.30 pm, Sundays 7 May to 11 June
Location: The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, 80 Webb Street, Wellington 6011
Limited places available
I have been coming to annual Holocaust Memorial services since I was appointed Race Relations Commissioner.
A year ago I shared a taxi van up here with Vera Egermayer and several other women who are here today.
Our driver was a rude man. Impatient and grumpy.
And yet at the end of our trip, instead of moaning about him Vera turned to me and said:
This is clearly an unhappy man. I feel sorry for him and his sadness.
I’m sharing this story with you all today because Vera’s empathy for a stranger is the kind of thing the world needs more of today.
The serene rural surroundings at the Jewish Cemetery, Makara, were backdrop for the observance of United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Wellington on 27 January.
In breezy sunshine, Mayor of Wellington Justin Lester, German Ambassador H E Gerhard Thiedemann, and Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy made strong statements on upping the opposition to hate speech, as well as the need for remembrance to also include personal commitment to individual action.
A major theme was the 70 years since the 1947 Nuremberg trials of doctors and lawyers who were complicit in Nazi Germany’s devastating anti-Jewish policies.
Read about it here.
Watch a video interview of them here:
We gratefully acknowledge the very generous support of the Raye Freedman Trust, Claims Conference, and David Levene Foundation:
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.
The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand is located at the Wellington Jewish Community Centre,
80 Webb Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011.
Open Sunday - Friday 10am - 1pm, and outside these hours by special arrangement.