News from the JHC

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.

By Timna Jacks

All Victorian students would benefit from learning about the Holocaust and visiting the Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC), according to Victorian Minister for Education Martin Dixon, who made a special visit to the centre in Elsternwick last Friday.

Following a tour of the museum with survivors, led by curator Jayne Josem, Dixon sat in on an impassioned lecture delivered by head of education Zvi Civins, alongside more than 100 students in year 9 from Melbourne Girls College.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard visited the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne last week at which she announced that Australia is donating half a million to a fund established to preserve the death camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland.

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