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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

‘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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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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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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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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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!

South Island Outreach April 2017

We are bringing outreach to the South Island for a week from Monday 2nd April to Friday 7 April.
Details of dates, times and how to book are provided below. All schools, except those in Nelson, will
have two/three sessions each day. Contact Chris Harris at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you or your class would like to participate in one of these
sessions.


Monday 3 April: Nelson Region
Wednesday 5 April: Christchurch, Papanui High School.
Thursday 6 April: Oamaru, Waitaki Girls
Friday 7 April: John McGlashan College

 

HCNZ Closures April 2017

Due to Pesach/Passover & Easter closures the Centre will have the following hours over the next fortnight.

Monday 10 April: Open as usual 10 -1pm

Tuesday 11 April: CLOSED

Wednesday 12 April: CLOSED

Thursday 13 April: Open as usual 10 – 1pm

Friday 14 April: CLOSED

Saturday 15 April: CLOSED (as usual)

Sunday 16 April: CLOSED

Monday 17 April: CLOSED

Tuesday 18 April: CLOSED

Wednesday 19th: Open as usual 10 -1pm

Also note: ANZAC DAY April 25th Closed.

HCNZ Closure Dates April 2017

Due to Pesach/Passover & Easter closures the Centre will have the following hours over the next fortnight.

Monday 10 April: Open as usual 10 -1pm

Tuesday 11 April: CLOSED

Wednesday 12 April: CLOSED

Thursday 13 April: Open as usual 10 – 1pm

Friday 14 April: CLOSED

Saturday 15 April: CLOSED (as usual)

Sunday 16 April: CLOSED

Monday 17 April: CLOSED

Tuesday 18 April: CLOSED

Wednesday 19th: Open as usual 10 -1pm

Also note: ANZAC DAY April 25th Closed.

Sharp-Joukowsky Award For Moral Courage

The Sharp-Joukowsky Award For Moral Courage is being offered in association with the University of California, Irvine (UCI)'s Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality (Ethics Center).

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HCNZ closure dates

The Holocaust Centre will be closed on the following dates:

25th, 26th, and 27th of December

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 23rd, and 27th of January

6th of February

 

 

Job Opportunity - Office Administration and Volunteer Manager

Office Administration and Volunteer Manager

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand is the country's leading voluntary organisation which works in the fields of Holocaust education, remembrance, and human rights. 

We seek a highly competent Office Administration and Volunteer Manager to run our daily operations. This is a part-time position (30 hours per week with possibility of extending to 40 hours) which would suit a confident, competent person with strong interpersonal and organisational skills, experienced in independently managing a small office and staff. 

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