LODZ: STRENGTH OF HOPE

LODZ: STRENGTH OF HOPE

Explore the history of Lodz Ghetto

Explore the history of Lodz Ghetto by viewing precious artefacts and hearing survivor testimony. Bono Wiener and Abram Goldberg buried documents in Lodz Ghetto before they were deported to Auschwitz. These and other items from our Collection are primary source evidence of the horrific conditions Jews endured during the Holocaust.

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30 Year Anniversary Film

30 Year Anniversary Film

Remember the Past, Change the Future

This film looks as the past 30 years and how the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne has grown.

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An Introduction to the Centre

An Introduction to the Centre

A video introduction to the Centre

A video introduction to the Jewish Holocaust Centre, our Museum and the survivor-guides and volunteers who work at the Centre.

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StoryPods

StoryPods

Touching the past, shaping the future

Find out more about the latest interactive technology used throughout the Jewish Holocaust Centre's new Museum and how it is helping to bring the past to life for generations to come.

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Education Program

Education Program

Find out more about how the Centre works with schools.

The Jewish Holocaust Centre's education department works with students from a large cross section of primary schools, secondary schools and universities.  In 2010 over some 18,000 students attended education programs at the Centre.

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Our Museum

Our Museum

Find out more, or book a visit to the Centre's interactive Museum

The Jewish Holocaust Centre's museum includes photos and text displays, and state of the art interactive technology, including many recorded testimonies of our survivors.

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Latest from the JHC

Exhibition: "Tribute: Child Survivors of the Holocaust"

Event Date: 3-16 April | Venue: Jewish Holocaust Centre
Published on: Friday, 17 March 2017 01:35

A new exhibition of portraits ‘Tribute: Child Survivors of the Holocaust' at the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Elsternwick honours child survivors of the Holocaust.

When artist Jeffrey Kelson was working on Tribute, an exhibition of portraits of Holocaust survivors held at the Centre last year, he was moved to explore more deeply the stories of those who were children when the war began. Theirs is a journey of innocence surrounded by evil and of building a life from a lost childhood.

Special Screening: “The Zookeeper's Wife”

Event Date: Sunday 7 May | Venue: Classic Cinema
Published on: Tuesday, 14 March 2017 23:30

Special Film Screening presented by Friends of the Jewish Holocaust Centre of 'The Zookeeper's Wife' (2017). Starring Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh & Daniel Brühl. Directed by Niki Caro.

The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh, a European Film Award nominee for the Academy Award-nominated (The Broken Circle Breakdown), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care.

JHC Social Club: Lillian Kline

Event Date: Thursday 6 April | Venue: Jewish Holocaust Centre
Published on: Tuesday, 14 March 2017 23:15

JHC Social Club Guest Speaker: Lillian Kline, Social justice advocate, facilitator, mentor - Small Giants (Australia) will give a lecture on “A Perspective of the Complex Situation in the Middle East from afar”.

Lillian is a passionate social justice warrior and mother of four. She was the inaugural Director of the Pathways to Politics Program for Women at Melbourne University and currently works with Small Giants, an organisation that creates, supports, and empowers businesses that have a positive impact on the world. She was the former Development Director at Stand Up, a Jewish social justice organisation.

Book Launch: 'March into Life' by the late Max Zilberman

Event Date: Sunday 26 March | Venue: Jewish Holocaust Centre
Published on: Wednesday, 01 March 2017 02:37

Book launch of March Into Life which is the compelling story of Max Zilberman’s journey from the comfort of a loving family in pre-war Lodz, Poland, through the horror of the Lodz Ghetto, into the nightmare of Auschwitz, the Death March through Poland to Germany in the freezing winter of 1945, to yet another camp in Buchenwald. He was eventually liberated from Buchenwald in April, 1945, a starving bag of bones, aged only 19.

This book is both a testament to Max’s remarkable memory and a powerful narrative in its depiction of his life from the 1930s until liberation. But more than this, it also tells of Max’s rebirth in Switzerland from mid-1945 to the end of 1948, and his new life in Melbourne, Australia where he married and started a family.

Holocaust Education at the Jewish Holocaust Centre

Published on: Tuesday, 07 February 2017 06:05
Published in: News from the JHC

The Jewish Holocaust Centre’s 12-week education course is designed to give participants a detailed understanding of the origins, stages and aftermath of the Holocaust.

The course will be taught by Sue Hampel OAM, Dr Bill Anderson, Dr Michael Cohen, Paul Forgasz, Dr Margaret Taft and Dr Andre Oboler.

JHC Film Club: "Shores of Light" (2015) 52 mins

Event Date: Sunday 26 March | Venue: Jewish Holocaust Centre
Published on: Thursday, 02 February 2017 10:36

The JHC Film Club will be screening "Shores of Light" (2015) 52 mins, Hebrew, Italian & English subtitles.
Directed by Yael Katzir

Guest Speaker: Moshe Fiszman, Survivor and inmate of DP Camp Santa-Maria-di-Leuca.

This is the poignant untold story of warmth and compassion after a terrible war. Thousands of Jewish survivors arrived in Southern Italy after WWII, on their way to the land of Israel. To their surprise they were welcomed by the poor local Italians.

War Memorial honours victims and survivors of the Holocaust

Published on: Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:38
Published in: News from the JHC

By Kristina Zarich

A new display at the Australian War Memorial pays homage to victims of the Holocaust and honours thousands of survivors who made Australia their home after the end of World War II.

A new permanent display has been launched at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to pay tribute to victims of the Holocaust.

While marking the deaths of six million Jews, the exhibit also includes stories of the thousands of survivors that made new homes in Australia after the end of World War II.

Developed by the Australian War Memorial and the Jewish Holocaust Centre, the exhibit expands on the small number of relics previously on display.

JHC Education Resources on ABC 'Splash'

Published on: Monday, 18 May 2015 05:04
Published in: News from the JHC

Explore Melbourne survivor testimonies and artefacts through these three Digibooks created in partnership with ABC Splash.