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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.

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
Smith.


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.

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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.

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‘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.

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Kristallnacht Concert of Remembrance

Kristallnacht main poster 2017 This one

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).

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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.

Director of Education

Director of Education

Holocaust Centre of New Zealand

Wellington

 

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand seeks to appoint a trained and committed Educator to develop Holocaust education programmes, modules and resources for use in primary and secondary schools throughout New Zealand.

Based in Wellington, the position entails leadership, team work, initiative and intellectual enterprise in forging a vision of how the history and legacies of the Holocaust can be delivered in line with the current New Zealand curriculum. The successful candidate will have a solid general knowledge of the Holocaust, and be resourceful, articulate and experienced in using social media technologies. The term is initially for six months, with the possibility of renewal. Salary range: $55,000 - $65,000 pro rata depending on skills and experience. The successful candidate will responsible to the Chairperson of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand and work under their guidance.

This new position represents an important and rewarding opportunity to advance the work and mission of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.

Key Tasks:

-          Leadership and Vision: Develop, provide and oversee educational programmes for schools in line with the current NZ Curriculum.

-          Educational Content: Develop modules and materials accessible in print and online about the history of the Holocaust, and in particular, be able to link this history to a NZ curriculum context that foregrounds the values of tolerance, diversity and respect for difference. Candidates should be able to develop modules in one or more of the following subject areas: history, evolution of human rights protections, genocide, and persecution of religious and ethnic minorities, racial intolerance, English, literature, geography, social studies, art history, music, politics, and religion.

-          Teacher Training: Plan, coordinate and conduct teacher training seminars and other symposia.

-          Outreach and Report Writing: Liaise with teachers in Wellington and across New Zealand, write and circulate a regular newsletter for teachers and online access.

-          Team Leadership: Recruit, train and supervise the work of local and regional educators. Coordinate and assist in the delivery of education programmes for schools and other groups (such as adults, seniors, religious groups, tourist groups).

-          Networking: Liaise with Holocaust Museums, Institutes and Memorial Organisations in Australasia, the United States, and other countries and regions on matters related to educational best practice, methodology, policy and digital learning initiatives.  

-          Community of Educators: To compile and maintain a New Zealand inventory of schools and teachers in secondary and tertiary institutions committed to Holocaust history and education.

-          Additional tasks as directed by the Chairperson.

Essential Skills and Knowledge

 

-          Must possess a teaching background and minimum Bachelors degree (secondary or tertiary), preferably with a background in History

-          Possesses a detailed familiarity of the NZ Curriculum

-          Must have a sound understanding of the Holocaust, World War Two and its significance to New Zealand.

-           Detailed knowledge of different teaching and learning styles

-          Experience with MS Office and social media such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

-          Research and writing skills

Personal Attributes

-          Creative, enthusiastic, confident

-          Sensitivity to, and empathy for, peoples of different backgrounds, cultures and ages

-          Friendly with good writing, speaking and listening skills

-          Able to travel throughout New Zealand from time to time

-          Self-motivated, passionate and ability to motivate and lead a team of educators

-          Able to work in a team

Position Start Date: 01/02/2016

All applications should be submmited throug this link (http://www.seek.co.nz/job/30063638).

Please enclose a letter of application indicating your suitability for the position which addresses all the essential skills and knowledge required for this position, as well as a current CV, with the contact details of three professional references.

Teachers: Get a Free Bus Ride for Your Entire Class to the HCNZ

Thinking about a trip to Wellington in 2016 for students in Years 5-10?

There is still time to apply for subsidized buses by registering for Kids to the Capital 2016. The closing date for applications is Friday 12th February.

In 2015, 150 Years: 150 Buses, supported by the Wellington Amenities Fund, helped more than 4,000 students to visit places like Holocaust Centre of New Zealand, Te Papa, Parliament, National Library, New Zealand Archives, Supreme Court, Wellington Museum, New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Government House, Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Reserve Bank Museum and the Great War Exhibition.

If your school is within Greater Wellington and is decile 1-7 you can apply for Kids to the Capital bus subsidies for 2016 here.  

Teachers from all schools are invited to attend our FREE teacher professional development sessions at the National Library of New Zealand on Thursday 25th February 2016 from 4:15pm–7:15pm, repeated on Saturday 27th February 2016 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

"I attended (the teacher PD session) on Thursday which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was extremely helpful and has now made our planning so much more meaningful." Hunia Williams, Teacher, Cannons Creek School.

Register for the FREE PLD here. If you have also applied for a bus subsidy, at least 1 teacher from your school must attend the PLD. Petrol vouchers will be available for teachers from schools receiving bus subsidies.

If you would like further details about the project please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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