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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Preserving the memories of the survivors of the Holocaust is important.

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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 Centre of New Zealand

Leo Cappel - Speaker Event, Whangarei

“Tulip bulb patties and food drops:

memories of the Hunger Winter in

the Netherlands, 1944”

Sunday, 7 December
11.00am – 1.00pm
Whangarei Public Library

Leo Cappel is a graduate of Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. He is a musician & musical director for production at Mercury Theatre and New Independent Theatre, Auckland.

The author of several books, Leo Cappel will speak about his memories of the Hunger Winter in the Netherlands in 1944.

For more information contact


Aubrey Pomerance MA

Chief Archivist of the Jewish Museum Berlin

aubrey-pomerance“Teaching the Holocaust at

the Jewish Museum Berlin”

Sunday, 14 December 2014, 2pm

Myers Hall, 80 Webb St

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand cordially invites you to meet Aubrey Pomerance MA, Chief Archivist of the Jewish Museum Berlin who will be visiting New Zealand to meet with individuals who have expressed interest in entrusting materials pertaining to their family histories in Germany as well as German speaking countries to the Jewish Museum Berlin archives.

Aubrey Pomerance, M.A., born in Calgary, Canada, has been Director of Archives of the Jewish Museum Berlin since 2001.

There will be a kiddush in his honour after the synagogue service on Saturday 13 December 2014, generously hosted by Dr Susi Williams.

He will also be speaking at the Raye Freedman Library in Auckland on Sunday 21 December. For more information about his Auckland visit, see

Aubrey Pomerance will be in Wellington from 10 December - 16 December. If you have material you would consider entrusting to the museum, please make advance contact with Dr Pomerance by email:


Paul Seideman Holocaust Essay Competition

The topic for this essay competition is “The Holocaust and the lessons for New Zealand”. It is open to all Year 10 and Year 11 students and there is a $200 prize. The deadline is 21 November 2014.

Students can submit their essay as Word document or PDF either electronically to or in hard copy to Paul Seideman Holocaust Essay Competition, c/o Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, 80 Webb Street, Wellington.

Find out more about this essay competition


Speaker Series Spring 2014

The Holocasut Centre of New Zealand Speaker Series has started up again and the upcoming speakers are in September and October. All talks are 6.00pm - 7.30pm on the following dates:


monicaThursday, 4 September 6.00pm

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


marco sThursday, 18 September 6.00pm

Dr. Marco Sonzogni, Victoria University of Wellington 
"Writing History's Inferno: Dante's Florence, Levi's Auschwitz and Heaney's Belfast"

Listen to Dr. Marco Sonzogni's talk

davidThursday, 30 October 6.00pm

David Zwartz, Chairman
Wellington Regional Jewish Council
"Early Holocaust commemorations among New Zealand's Jewish community"

Listen to David Zwartz's talk


All HCNZ Speaker Series events will be held at the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, 80 Webb Street, Te Aro, Wellington.


"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?"


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:
The Seeds of Prejudice in 21st Century New Zealand



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.

The Centre is closed on Jewish and Public Holidays

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