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Paul Seideman Award 2017 - Essay

Congratulations to Anna Sue from Mt Roskill Grammar School, Auckland, for winning the 2017 Paul Seideman Award for her essay on explaining the significance of the Holocaust to high school students today. Her essay, and photos from the awards ceremony, can be found here.

United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2018

Click here to view articles, read speeches, watch videos, and see photos from our 2018 UNIHRD events at the Makara Jewish Cemetery’s Holocaust Memorial ceremony and the Parliamentary reception hosted by MP Chris Bishop.


HCNZ Press Release: Polish Legislation

5 February 2018

Polish Legislation, Holocaust Centre of New Zealand’s Response

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand is concerned by legislation recently passed by the Polish Senate criminalising any reference to Poles “being responsible or complicit in the Nazi crimes committed by the Third German Reich.”


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


Educational Screening of "Denial"

There will be an educational screening of the film "Denial," followed by a recent TED talk delivered by Deborah Lipstadt that includes her insights into the film, and extends on how she recommends dealing with denial, on Sunday 25 June at HCNZ. The screening will start at 1:30 with the session planned to finish by 4:30pm. There will also be time for discussion and cups of tea - please come along!

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