News from the JHC

The Jewish Holocaust Centre was recently honoured with a visit by the newly appointed Polish Ambassador, His Excellency, Pawel Milewski.  He was accompanied by the Honorary Consul-General of Poland, Dr George Luk-Kozica.

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) has held a farewell reception for Antun Babic, Consul General for Croatia at the Jewish Holocaust Centre.

Thirty leaders from the Croatian community toured the Jewish Holocaust Centre then attended a farewell reception for the Consul General.

The certificate conferring Australian citizenship on Raoul Wallenberg by Prime Minister Julia Gillard at a recent ceremony held at Government House in Canberra is on currently on public display in Melbourne at the Jewish Holocaust Centre till 31 May.

5 February – 28 April, 2013

The Anne Frank ‘A history for Today’ travelling exhibition has now moved on from its Australian debut at the Jewish Holocaust Centre.  We are pleased to say it was the most successful exhibition ever held at the Centre.  Over three months, almost 8,000 people visited to learn about Anne Frank and events of the Holocaust.

Thousands of school children, some as young as 8-years-old, learned about Anne’s story.  Our education program, specifically designed for younger visitors, introduced them to this intense subject in a gentle and non-confronting manner.   Comments in our guest book from visitors of all ages showed how deeply they were touched by the exhibition.  Most people who attended the Anne Frank Exhibition had not been to the Centre before and took the time to visit our permanent exhibition.

Although the unprecedented number of visitors created some logistical problems, our dedicated staff and volunteers embraced these unexpected challenges to ensure the ongoing success of this event.

All of this could not have happened without the generosity of our principal supporter Gandel Philanthropy as well as assistance from the Estate of the late Jakob Frenkiel – for this we are deeply grateful.

The Age: September 11, 2012
By Jayne Josem, Curator and Head of Collections at the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne

Tragic events in world history exist in both the private and public domain and there is great tension between these sectors. Individual mourners need to grieve while simultaneously whole communities feel compelled to honour past tragedies, pay respect to the victims and, most importantly, learn from the past with a view to creating a better future.

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