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The Legacy of a Former Nazi Soldier, Given Refuge in NZ, is Not Simply a Ski Field
Nazi symbols graffitied at Wellington Jewish Place of Worship (22 January 2020)
Photo: Wellington City Council
Staff announcement - New Education Director for the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand
Welcome Kristopher Clancy
The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand is pleased to announce our new Education Director, Kristopher Clancy.
Kris joins us all the way from Houston, Texas, where he was an educator for many years.
Kris majored in Political Science and Religious Studies at the University of Houston, having a diverse background in community engagement and involvement.
He brings with him a passion for educating teens and young adults in human rights and the lessons from history that are very much applicable today.
Upon starting his new position, Kris said "The lessons of the Holocaust are still just as important today as they were 75 years ago and the mission and vision of HCNZ are very important. We must reach out to the next generation and impart to them the values that can make this world a more peaceful, equitable place for all to live and thrive."
Kris is looking forward to using his knowledge from his studies and his experience teaching European History and partnering with New Zealand schools and tertiary institutions to continue the vital work in educating students and adults in the Holocaust.
Op Ed - Dom Post, 7 Nov 2019: Anniversary of Kristallnacht shows why hateful words matter
When 18th-century Anglo-Irish statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke said that "the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing", he could not have imagined what the future would hold, and how his words would resonate for the world we live in today.
The Boemestrasse Synagogue in Frankfurt, Germany, burning on November 10, 1938. Photo credit: Yad Vashem
New Chair for The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand
The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand has elected its board naming Deborah Hart at its new Chair.
Is poor awareness of the Holocaust just the tip of the iceberg? (20 August 2019)
Giacomo Lichtner, associate professor of History at Victoria University of Wellington's opinion piece on the recent Auckland Holocaust Memorial Trust/Curia Market Research poll on popular awareness of the Holocaust in New Zealand.
"This poll should encourage us to take on a more demanding conversation, which is partly about Holocaust remembrance and partly about how we relate to and teach the past in this country....... History is the conversation that gives us the ability to recognise the signs the next time around, and hopefully the collective resilience to stand up."
Also included in this article is an interview with HCNZ Founding Director on the Children's Holocaust Memorial (now on display in Auckland Central City Library) and one of our Yad Vashem NZ Teachers Seminar Grads, St Oran's College teacher Liz Wright, reflecting on aspects of this Professional Development and its impact on her teaching.
Are we forgetting the Holocaust?
A new poll shows that a nearly a third of New Zealanders know little or nothing about the Holocaust and less than half know that six million Jews were killed by the Nazis. Mark Jennings reports.
11 May 2019 - At special Q&A and reading sessions, for children, with Joy Cowley, at the Featherston Booktown 2019 festival, now in its 5th year – Joy shared her newest children’s book ‘One and a Half Million Buttons’.
This book was written inspired by the ‘Button Project’ of the Moriah School, and encapsulates the project’s development from inception, button collection to finally the Children’s Holocaust Memorial being launched November 2018.
Whilst the book is suitable for reading ages 7 – 9 it has already been embraced by young and old. With the message firmly embedded, to remember the children killed during the Holocaust and to accept and embrace diversity, Joy Cowley reaches young readers through visuals and text.
Thank you to Joy for your work and your wisdom.
Dame Joy Cowley is the Patron of the Children’s Holocaust Memorial.
One and a Half Million Buttons
Publisher: The Copy Press
Dimensions: Width: 297mm, Height: 210mm
RRP: $20 with proceeds going towards the project enabling the memorial to be transported around Aotearoa New Zealand and towards future printing of the book.
To purchase: You may purchase at the Holocaust Centre by cash or EFTPOS or via online banking of $20 plus $5.50 postage & handling, to HCNZ account 03-0515-0507281-00 ref Buttons & your name. Send an Email with your name and address for postage to firstname.lastname@example.org
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