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.
Monday, June 20: Julie Thomas, author of "The Keeper of Secrets" at Kia Torah
In 2011 Julie Thomas walked away from a 25 year career in the media to settle in Cambridge and self-publish her novel. It is the story of a 1742 Guarneri del Gesu violin looted from a Jewish family in Berlin in 1939 and the modern day sting to get it back. "The Keeper of Secrets" sold 52,000 copies on Amazon and Smashwords before being picked up by HarperCollins USA in 2013 and published as a trade paperback on the William Morrow imprint and as an e-Book. It has sold very well worldwide and is about to be released as an audio book by Tantor Media. In 2015 she published a thriller "Blood, Wine and Chocolate", with HarperCollins NZ. It is partially set in New Zealand and features new and innovative ways to kill baddies with wine and chocolate. The sequel to "The Keeper of Secrets", "Rachel's Legacy" was published in March 2016 by Harpers and has been on the Neilson NZ Best Seller Fiction List ever since. The third, and last, book in the Horowitz Chronicles, "Levi's War" will be published in 2017. Last year Julie took a research trip to the Imperial War Museum in London, many fascinating museums in Berlin and visited Dachau so she could walk in the footsteps of her characters.
Books will be for sale for purchase.
WHERE: Holocaust Centre, 80 Webb Street, Te Aro, Wellington.
*This event will be done in partnership with Kia Torah and will have light refreshments provided and dinner available for purchase.
Tuesday, June 21: Special Labyrinth of Lies screening for HCNZ friends
We are excited to invite you to a special preview screening of Germany's official selection for Best Foreign Film Oscar at the 2016 Academy Awards LABYRINTH OF LIES which will open in NZ cinemas . The premiere will be at PENTHOUSE CINEMA theater on start time.
The film is based on the true events of the investigation that lead to the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials, Alexander Fehling (Homeland, Inglourious Basterds) gives a commanding performance as the young lawyer who uncovers the horrible truth that changed a nation. View the trailer here https://youtu.be/UtiwdPLj8nw
WHERE: Penthouse Cinema Theatre, Brooklyn, Wellington.
Thank you to our friends at Trigger marketing for making this happen!
Sunday, July 3: Survivor Guta Goldstein tells her story
Every year since 2011, The Jewish Federation of New Zealand run the HOPE Project, bringing a Holocaust Survivor to tour NZ schools. This year we are pleased to be able to bring Guta Goldstein who survived the Lodz Ghetto and various concentration camps, including Auschwitz.
WHERE: Myers Hall, Holocaust Centre, 80 Webb Street, Te Aro, Wellington.
Come join us at in Myers Hall to hear her incredible story about how she went from Lodz to Melbourne.
Thursday, July 14: Screening of "Nicky's Family," a film about Nicolas Winton and children transport
The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand and the Friends of Sacred Heart Cathedral Music (part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington, Cathedral Parish) present a showing of “Nicky’s Family” The great story of the transport of 669 Jewish children from Nazi Czechoslovakia to the United Kingdom just before WW 2. View the Trailer here: http://www.nickysfamily.
WHERE: Myers Hall, Holocaust Centre, 80 Webb Street, Te Aro, Wellington.
About the Film: NICKY'S FAMILY is an emotional retelling of the remarkable efforts one man took to rescue 669 Czech children from death during WWII. Sir Nicholas Winton was a young English businessman at the time; but when chance brought him to Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, he put aside his own pursuits and began organizing the many children of Jewish refugees to escape Nazi clutches. Once he had appointed himself the authority for such matters, Winton went to work arranging transport and placing these children in English homes.
Monday 1 - Friday 5 August: The WellyNextDoor Caravan Parks at HCNZ
We are very excited to announce an upcoming collaboration with the Wellington City Council! The #WellyNextDoor caravan will be parked outside the Holocaust Centre to collect Wellingtonian’s WWII stories. These stories- which could be your personal experience, or a story about a loved one or you can interview your loved one! The stories will be audio recorded to make sure we remember the stories of Wellingtonians. If we have permission from the story teller, we will publicise them on the internet. I think we will hear stories that we have not yet heard in the centre (like the ones out visitors want to tell us). To learn more: http://www.
WHERE:The caravan would be in the carpark of the WJCC, Holocaust Centre, 80 Webb Street, Te Aro, Wellington.
The Holocaust Center of New Zealand will be closed on the 12th and 13th of June for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.
The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, in partnership with Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Heroes’ and Martyrs’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, Israel, invites currently employed secondary school teachers and public educators (working in museums or other accredited educational organisations) across New Zealand to apply for the International Seminar for New Zealand Educators at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel. The seminar is dedicated to providing teachers and educators with knowledge of the history and legacies of the Holocaust so that they can develop teaching modules in line with the NZ curriculum. The first seminar took place in January 2013 with twenty-two teachers and was a huge success.
The 2017 seminar involves a two-week intensive workshop, field trips around Jerusalem and Israel, and cultural activities. Successful applicants will be expected to develop and integrate Holocaust modules into their classrooms within 6-12 months of their return. The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand will be the central repository for these modules.
The deadline for applications is the 10 June, 2016
Myers Hall, Wellington Jewish Community Centre, 80 Webb Street
The theme of Yom Hashoah 5776 (from Yad Vashem):
"Everything is forbidden to us, and yet we do everything." - the struggle to maintain the human spirit during the Holocaust.
Many of those who struggled to maintain and preserve the human spirit did not survive the horrors of the Holocaust, but their deeds and actions are a reminder to future generations of the stamina and the nobility of the human spirit.
H E Yosef Livne, Ambassador of Israel to New Zealand
Mrs Nancy B Gilbert, United States Holocaust Memorial Council
Everyone in the Wellington Jewish Community is invited to attend.
Organised by Wellington Regional Jewish Council, Holocaust Centre NZ, B'nai B'rith Unit 5187, Council of Jewish Women
The Shadows of Shoah exhibition showing until May 8 at the Expressions Arts and Entertainments Centre in the Upper Hutt.
What is Shadows of Shoah?
The Shoah (Hebrew: השואה, HaShoah, “the catastrophe”) or Holocaust was the Nazi perpetrated genocide of 6 million Jews from 1941 - 1945.
Shadows of Shoah is a unique multidisciplinary artistic and educational work communicating the reality of the Holocaust to a new generation. Presenting excerpts from the stories of Holocaust survivors from around the world, the Shadows of Shoah exhibition responds to antisemitism and Holocaust distortion and denial.
Since its launch in 2013 by Prime Minister John Key, this acclaimed exhibition has been staged in museums, galleries, campuses and schools throughout New Zealand.
To learn more, visit the Shadows of Shoah website.
The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand is happy to announce that Joanne Pohe from St Joseph’s Maori Girls College is the winner of the 2015 Paul Seideman Holocaust Essay competition.
The HCNZ would like to thank all of the students for taking part in our annual competition. The following three essay were also shortlisted for the prize:
Their essays can be read by clicking on their names above.
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.