Joy Cowley visits Holocaust Centre
Visit from our NZ Patron: Joy Cowley, OBE
Renown New Zealand children's author, Joy Cowley, visited our buttons recently to meet some of the children that took part in the project.

Award-winning writer Joy Cowley, OBE, patron of the NZ Children's Holocaust Memorial (the "button project") visited on 9 March 2014 for an afternoon tea with the children that took part in the button project and volunteers at the Centre.

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Carol Ratnam on Children of the Holocaust

Children of the Holocaust


My whakapapa is that I am the daughter of Holocaust survivors. My mother was from the big city of Vienna and my father came from a small town in rural Poland – Wierzbnik.

Beata Stoczynka, Polish Ambassador on Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler was a Polish nurse and social worker.

Anna Paquin on Irena Sendler

Although I had knowledge of the Holocaust I had never heard of Irena Sendler until reading the script for this film.

Holocaust research

Holocaust Centre of New Zealand


"Recovering Forbidden Voices: Responding to the Suppression of Music in World War Two"

St. Andrew's on The Terrace, Wellington

August 22-25, 2014



The conference "Recovering Forbidden Voices" focuses on the suppression and recovery of Holocaust-related music and features concerts and academic papers with performers from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. Many presenters will perform and discuss works classified by the Nazis as Entartete Musik or "degenerate" music, and also examine music as resistance and opposition, music as testimony, music written and performed in clandestine conditions, such as in ghettos and concentration camps, and musical cultures among survivors in displaced persons' camps, as well highlight the cultural legacies of refugee musicians in exile, such as Richard Fuchs. Professor Laurence Sherr from the United States is a keynote guest at the conference, as is Michael Haas, internationally acclaimed performer, producer and author of the book, Forbidden Music. Michael was responsible for producing the Entartete Musik CD through Decca.

A current programme is available from the conference website.

Registrations are now open


"Auschwitz to Aotearoa"


"Auschwitz to Aotearoa" is a new exhibition at The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand which depicts the lives of nine women who were all interned in concentration camps in Nazi Europe and later immigrated to New Zealand. Curated by Victoria University of Wellington graduate, Anna Chapman, the exhibition asks the question, "How did these women survive?"



 Call for Applicants

Seminar for New Zealand Educators

International School for Holocaust Studies

Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel

12 – 26 January, 2015


More Info


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.



Visit the Centre

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand is open to the public from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm Sunday to Friday, and outside these hours by special arrangement. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Click here to book a group visit or a school group

The displays focus on Holocaust and New Zealand

You will see

  • Jewish life before and after the Holocaust.
  • Two parallel Timelines, events in Europe and the New Zealand response to these.
  • The experience of the Holocaust told through the stories of New Zealand Holocaust survivors.
  • A powerful video of a Holocaust survivor telling her story.
  • The story of philanthropists Annie and Max Deckston and the 20 Jewish orphans they brought to New Zealand in the 1930s.

Remember the dead and read the testimonies of survivors

Take time out to read the stories of Holocaust survivors in New Zealand.


Become a friend of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand

We have launched our wonderful new exhibition and learning centre, which has been enthusiastically received. If you have not already visited us we invite you to do so. We are sure you will find plenty to see and do here.

Download application form here