News from the JHC

Phillip Maisel, Order of Australia Medal recipient, and Head of the Jewish Holocaust Centre's Video Testimonies Department, has received a prestigious Victorian Museum Award from Museums Australia (Victoria), the industry body for Victoria’s museums.

The 2016 Victorian Museum Awards were presented on 14 July at State Library Victoria by Museums Australia (Victoria) – www.mavic.asn.au – the peak body for 1,000+ museums and collecting organisations. The night was hosted by performer, writer, producer, and director, Diana Nguyen and featured a special address by Martin Foley MP, Minister for Creative Industries.

The Jewish Holocaust Centre will be closed for the Jewish holyday of Shavuot on the following days:

Sunday 12 June
Monday 13 June


Please help collect 1.5 million buttons to commemorate the lives of the children who were murdered in the Holocaust.

Since 2007, the students at Bialik College have been creating a meaningful memorial for the million and a half children that were murdered during the Holocaust. They decided to collect buttons, one for each life that was lost. Their rationale was that buttons, like children, come in many different shapes, sizes and colours. The Bialik students with the help from students who have visited the Jewish Holocaust Centre, have since collected over 700,000 buttons.

The Jewish Holocaust Centre’s Museum has 15,000 of these buttons on display.

Share this video to help Yad Vashem recover the missing names and lost identities of the victims of the Shoah.

To date the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names records the names of 4.6 million Jewish Holocaust victims.

A unique piece of Holocaust history now on display at the Jewish Holocaust Centre.

Long thought lost, the model that was used at the end of the Second World War by a group of Oskar Schindler’s Jewish workers to make a gold ring for him has been found. It lay in the ring-maker’s workshop in Melbourne for more than 50 years.

Oskar Schindler, the hero of Thomas Kenneally’s book, Schindler’s Ark and the Spielberg film,Schindler’s List was a German industrialist and member of the Nazi party who saved Jews by employing them in his factory and treating them humanely. About 1200 Jews were saved by him.

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