News from the JHC

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.

A piece of art with a unique story attached to it was donated to the Melbourne Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC) this week.

Created by Aboriginal artist Stephen Harrison following a visit to the museum with the Galiamble Aboriginal Men’s Recovery Centre, the painting was gifted to JHC president Pauline Rockman in a ceremony on Monday.Harrison, a father of 14, told the gathering his inspiration came after he was taken to the museum by vice-president of the Child Survivors of the Holocaust Vivian Parry, also a volunteer at the Aboriginal centre. It was Harrison’s first-ever trip to a museum.

The Jewish Holocaust Centre has launched the JHC Film Club in partnership with Deakin University. The aim of the JHC Film Club is to view and discuss films about the Holocaust, other genocides and human rights' issues. Film screenings are held at the Centre from 7:00pm on the last Thursday of every month. Entry is by donation. Light refreshments will be provided.

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