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 Centre of New Zealand

Speaker Series 2015: Dr Maria Armoudian

Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

Sunday 31st May, 2pm - 3.30pm

Please RSVP to

armoudian HCNZ SUNDAY 31.05.15 website


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.


Aubrey Pomerance MA

Chief Archivist of the Jewish Museum Berlin

aubrey-pomerance“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:


monicaThursday, 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


marco sThursday, 18 September

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

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

Listen to David Zwartz's talk


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


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 some Public Holidays

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