News from the JHC

For approximately 20,000 European Jews fleeing persecution from the Nazi regime in the 1930s, the free port of Shanghai, which was under Japanese occupation, offered some hope of reprieve from what was to unfold in the ensuing six years of world war. Most countries outside Europe were limiting or denying entry to Jewish refugees and Shanghai became a safe haven as no visa was required to enter.

The Anne Frank Australia Foundation, Zionist Council of Victoria and the Lamm Jewish Library of Australia (LJLA) are proud to announce the opening of the new exhibition Let Me Be Myself – The Story of Anne Frank at the Lamm Jewish Library of Australia (LJLA), 304 Hawthorn Road in South Caulfield. The exhibition will run for six weeks commencing 3 August through 10 September 2015.

The interactive exhibit is open to the public for self-guided visits during library operating hours.

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

The Jewish Holocaust Centre recently held a ceremony of recognition to mark the inordinate act of courage of Mrs Constance Koster, a 95-year-old Melbourne-based Dutch woman. Mrs Koster’s story is remarkable.

As a young girl serving in the Dutch underground, she smuggled many Jewish babies and children to safety during the Nazi occupation.

Holocaust survivor Henri Korn will be the subject of a portrait to be submitted for the annual prestigious Archibald Prize, to be judged by the trustees of the NSW Art Gallery.

Korn, who was born in Germany, was barely 9 years old when he witnessed the murder of his young friend, Leo Troski, and Leo’s parents, during Kristallnacht (The Night of the Broken Glass) – the widespread destruction of hundreds of synagogues in Germany and  Austria, the murder of almost 100 Jews and attacks on Jewish property in November 1938.

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