News from the JHC

The Jewish Holocaust Centre is concerned the ravages of time are taking a toll on irreplaceable historical documents.

The Elsternwick centre needs “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to preserve some of the deteriorating artefacts, mainly paperwork but also some textiles, art and photographs donated by Holocaust survivors.

The Centre’s first function in 2011 was held on 27 January - United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day (UNHMD) – attended by about 300 people from the Jewish and wider communities. The brief commemoration, held at the Glen Eira Town Hall, featured The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP as the keynote speaker. In an eloquent and well-structured address, Mr Dreyfus, a second-generation Holocaust survivor, called upon the federal government, in which he serves as Cabinet Secretary and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, to be a signatory to the international task force which accords official recognition to UNHMD.

Our new upgraded museum opened in 2010. Since then, thousands of students and others have had the opportunity to attend our educational programs in the refurbished Museum and to be inspired by our survivor-guides.

The Jewish Holocaust Centre’s new museum opened in March 2010. The upgrade has been designed to update the method of delivery of the information to appeal to the younger generation, who make up the bulk of visitors, while retaining the musuem’s special ingredient – the opportunity to interact with survivor guides.

With the assistance of a generous grant from the Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC), a team of researchers from Deakin University is working on a comprehensive and up-todate study of the Centre. Historians Pam Maclean and Associate Professor Michele Langfield, and museum studies specialists, Associate Professor Andrea Witcomb and Dr Linda Young, form the core of the team, together with Research Fellows Dr Bill Anderson and Dr Donna-Lee Frieze.

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