News from the JHC

The Jewish Holocaust Centre is proud to present a touring exhibition from the USA of photographs and extraordinary stories from the Holocaust and genocides in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda and Cambodia.

The exhibition highlights acts of courage by ordinary heroes who resisted overwhelming tides of prejudice and violence to risk their lives saving others. Using photography and narratives it aims to deepen awareness and understanding of the presence of rescue behaviour during genocides. We believe that visitors will leave with better knowledge of how one person can make a difference in the face of organised violence. An adjunct to the exhibition will be displays of Melbourne-based rescuers from the Holocaust which have been kindly donated by Courage to Care.

In conjunction with the exhibition the Jewish Holocaust Centre is presenting a month-long public program including lectures, discussion panels and films involving academics, mental health practitioners, community-aid workers and leading members of the Jewish and wider communities.  These events will cover a range of topics pertinent to the exhibition and current world events.

Armenian National Committee of Australia (ANC Australia) Executive Director Varant Meguerditchian and ANC Australia Melbourne Representative Hovig Melkonian have met with Warren Fineberg, Executive Director of the Jewish Holocaust Centre, to discuss cooperation and joint projects that would build greater awareness of the Armenian Genocide in Melbourne.

The Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC) was the winner of the prestigious Small Museum, Permanent Development Award presented in Perth last week.

Museum Australia’s inaugural Museum and Gallery National Awards (MAGNA) were presented at the conclusion of the three-day Museums Australia National Conference held in Perth and attended by representatives of museums nation-wide.

Phillip Maisel OAM, 88, of Caulfield North was recently recognised with a 2011 Victoria Senior Achiever Award at Government House. The award was in honour of his work collecting testimonials from Holocaust survivors. Minister for Health and Ageing David Davis said Mr Maisel diligently worked to create a legacy through the Oral Testimonies Project for the Jewish Holocaust Centre.

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