Open daily from 10 am to 1pm except Saturdays and outside these hours by special arrangement. Contact us on +64 4 801 9480

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The displays focus on the Holocaust and New Zealand:

  • Jewish life before and after the Holocaust.

  • Two parallel Timelines, events in Europe and the New Zealand responses.

  • The experience of the Holocaust told through the stories of New Zealand Holocaust survivors.

  • Powerful videos of Holocaust survivors telling their stories.

  • View the new exhibition 'Auschwitz to Aotearoa: Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps' about nine Jewish women, from different countries and backgrounds, who survived Auschwitz and later came to New Zealand.

  • Gain an insight into the experiences of Holocaust survivors based in New Zealand and their war-time lives.

  • Learn about the challenges refugees from Nazi Europe faced in New Zealand.

United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day Public Ceremony

The Holocaust Centre of NZ, in conjunction with: New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO,
Wellington City Council, NZ Human Rights Commission, Wellington Regional Jewish Council, Council of Jewish Women, B’Nai Brith (Wellington Unit), and Wilson Funeral Home invite you to join us as we honour and remember the victims & survivors of the Holocaust and stand together against racism and prejudice.

The ceremony will take place on Friday the 26th of January 2018 at 1pm at Makara Cemetery, Wellington. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details of free public transport leaving Molesworth St, Thorndon & Karori en route.

A flyer for the event is available here.

AIDA's Secret Screening

The Doc Edge Presents 2018 season will open on Saturday, 27 January with a screening of AIDA’A SECRET in Auckland and Wellington. This film was one of the highlights of the 2017 Festival.

About the film:
Aida's Secret
Israel, Germany, United States | 2016 | 91 min | English, Hebrew | Dir. Alon Schwarz

Reunited after 70 years, two brothers separated at birth, undertake to reclaim their history to uncover decades of complex family secrets and lies. Powerful, suspense-filled story of resilience and compassion.

Auckland: Sat, 27 Jan 2018, 2.00pm at the Academy Cinemas
Wellington: Sat, 27 Jan 2018, 4.30pm at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision


MEDIA RELEASE: The Rise of Neo-Nazism in Poland – An Alarming Development

17 November 2017
“The recent 60,000 strong march in Warsaw, Poland, championing Neo-Nazism and white
supremacy is truly alarming “says New Zealand Holocaust Centre Chairman, Jeremy Smith.

“Of all European countries, Poland’s Jewish population felt the full brutality of the Nazi
regime – around 3.4 million (90%) of Polish Jewry were killed during the Holocaust. Many
of the Holocaust survivors who sought a safe haven in New Zealand originally came from

Poland. To now see a march of this size on the streets of Warsaw - including explicit anti-
Semitic banners and chants calling for the expulsion of Polish Jews in the name white

racial purity– is simply horrendous”.

This march serves to underscore, in the starkest terms, how we must stay vigilant about
race-hate groups and political movements. In Poland itself, the neo-Nazi movement is
literally “white washing” Polish history, disavowing any moral responsibility for the Holocaust
in Poland, Mr Smith noted.

“Neo-Nazism is not just confined to Poland; we are also witnessing the rise of white
supremacy groups with obvious anti-Semitic views in other parts of Europe and in the
Unites States. New Zealand is not immune” says Mr Smith.

“As New Zealand’s leading Holocaust organisation, we ask for the New Zealand Government
to express its deep concern and complete repudiation of neo-Nazism to both representatives
of the Polish Government here and in other appropriate international forums”, concluded Mr

For further comment, please contact Jeremy Smith on 027 293 1346

Holocaust Centre of NZ (HCNZ) Calls on PM Ardern to Press Australia on Manus Refugees

The Manus Island refugee situation is a devastating human rights crisis on our doorstep and we urge Prime Minister Ardern to be firm with her Australian counterpart in seeking to activate the New Zealand Government’s longstanding offer to accept at least 150 of the refugees.

The parallels with refugees fleeing the Holocaust after WW2 and the Manus Island refugees are strong: both groups were looking for a safe haven free from physical violence and intimidation, both groups were severely traumatised and both had experienced the most extreme of conditions.


Holocaust Centre of NZ (HCNZ) Thanks Race Relations Comissioner for Speaking Out Against Holocaust Denial

New Zealand is fortunate to have a Race Relations Commissioner who speaks out forcefully when there are blatant eruptions of race hatred, the chairman of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand Jeremy Smith said today.

“We have thanked Dame Susan Devoy for calling out the Iranian diplomat and Imam who spoke Holocaust denial and antisemitism in an Auckland mosque.


‘This is who we do not want to ever become’: Dame Susan Devoy on anti-Semitism in New Zealand

From Susan Devoy's article in Newshub

October 31, 2017

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy responds to Iranian diplomat Hormoz Ghahremani’s anti-Semitic speech at an Auckland mosque.

People who deny the Holocaust took place are many things, but most of all, they are liars.


Kristallnacht Concert of Remembrance

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This year's annual Kristallnacht Concert of Remembrance is on Thursday the 9th of November, 7pm, at the St James Theatre - First Floor Gallery. This will be an event not to be missed and is also our annual fundraiser. Join us. Tickets to the event can be purchased here.


This will be an evening of Chamber Music hosted by Inbal Megiddo & Donald Maurice, with performances by members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand School of Music and the Druzýa Quartet (Overall Winners of the NZCT Chamber Music 2017 contest,the longest running chamber music competition for secondary students in New Zealand).


Letter to TVNZ Regarding Coverage of Mr Willi Huber

Here is the text of the HCNZ board's letter to TVNZ regarding recent coverage. A pdf version of the letter is available here.

28 August 2017 Dear Mr Muir

Re - Coverage of Mr Willi Huber on the Sunday programme screened on Sunday 27 August 2017

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand’s goal is through testimony and experience we will inspire and empower individuals to stand against prejudice and apathy.

Your programme on Sunday surprised us and contradicts everything we stand for. It is commendable that Mr Huber helped create the Mt Hutt Ski Fields but the decision to glorify his involvement in the SS is unacceptable.

Willi Huber came over as an unapologetic Nazi SS soldier, who stills holds fond in the memories of Adolf Hitler. It is inconceivable that Mr Huber, who was part of the Hitler Youth, who volunteered for the SS and served on the front, can claim to know nothing of what happened to the Jews in Austria, Germany & Poland.


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Holiday Closure

Please be advised that the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand will be closed on Friday the 25th of December 2015 and from Friday 1st January until Monday 4th January 2016. We will be back open on Tuesday 5th January 2016.

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