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Inheriting Memories and Preserving Truth

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Date Time
06 May 2024 7:30 pm
End Time
06 May 2024 9:00 pm
Type
Commemoration
Cost
$10 commitment fee
Format
Commemoration, In-Person, Online Livestream
Venue
Melbourne Holocaust Museum, Elsternwick - address provided on registration
About this event

We invite you to join us for the commemoration of Yom HaShoah on Monday 6 May 2024.

This year we will host a panel discussion moderated by MHM CEO Dr Steven Cooke. We look forward to hearing from our three panellists, Rachelle Unreich, Anita Lester and Adam Butt, who will share their lived and professional experience of taking on the custodianship of memory.  The evening will explore how we can all carry the lessons of the Holocaust into the future and will seek to understand how, in a world threatened by increasing misinformation, distortion and denial, we can bring truth to the forefront.

Image | Simon Shiff

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2024

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Date Time
29 Jan 2024 7:30 pm
End Time
29 Jan 2024 9:00 pm
Type
Commemoration
Cost
$10 commitment fee
Format
In-Person, Online Livestream
Venue
Melbourne Holocaust Museum, Elsternwick - address provided on registration
About this event

We invite you to join us for the commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on Monday 29 January 2024.

This year we will be hosting a panel discussion on the importance of democracy.

Moderated by MHM Head of Exhibitions & Programming Dr Breann Fallon, the panel discussion will see three expert panelists explore the importance of democracy through the lens of their unique experiences – both lived and professional – to better understand the fragility of our freedom.

The event will also feature an address from guest speaker and Holocaust survivor Nina Bassat AM.

Artwork | Detail from Evidence of Evil, 1993/2022, a graphic light installation created by Stih & Schnock for the Melbourne Holocaust Museum, representing a selection of antisemitic laws and decrees passed by the Nazi regime between 1933-1945.

Rosenkranz Oration

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Date Time
09 Nov 2023 7:00 pm
End Time
09 Nov 2023 8:30 pm
Type
Oration
Cost
$10 General Admission | $5 concession
Format
Calendar of Events for 2023, In-Person, Online Livestream, Past events
Venue
Melbourne Holocaust Museum, Elsternwick - address provided on registration
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Please join us for our 2023 oration: Combating hate speech in the digital age.

This year we are pleased to announce our Betty & Shmuel Rosenkranz Oration will be presented by Karel Fracapane – Leader of hate speech issues within the Division for Peace and Sustainable Development arm within the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Karel has dedicated his professional life to combatting antisemitism and racism, Holocaust remembrance and the prevention of genocide, and violent extremism. Currently, he is focused on global citizenship issues, including hate speech, post-Holocaust issues and addressing contemporary forms of antisemitism.

Please register in advance and secure a place.

Getting Away with Murder(s)

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Date Time
31 Aug 2023 7:00 pm
Type
Panel discussion
Cost
$10 commitment fee, $5 concession
Format
Calendar of Events for 2023, Online Livestream
Venue
Melbourne Holocaust Museum, Elsternwick - address provided on registration
About this event

Please join us online for an exclusive panel discussion hosted by Dr Simon Holloway, featuring the director of Getting Away with Murder(s), David Wilkinson.

Although many spoke of justice in the aftermath of the Holocaust, the overwhelming majority of perpetrators never saw the inside of a courtroom. Some of those who stood trial were acquitted, while many of those who were found guilty only served brief sentences, ending their lives in comfort and relative obscurity. While a few committed individuals endeavoured to seek out and prosecute former war criminals, a growing popular indifference made the exacting of justice increasingly difficult.

In this live webinar, Simon will engage in discussion with David Wilkinson, whose new film – Getting Away with Murder(s) – explores the desperate attempts made by individuals and organisations to bring perpetrators of genocide to justice, and the ways in which the justice system ultimately failed. Joining us in conversation will be Professor Mary Fulbrook, whose recent book Reckonings explores the complex history of postwar justice, and Philip Rubenstein: former director of the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary War Crimes Group.

Getting Away with Murder(s) is available in Australia on 7Plus. It contains some graphic footage.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023

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Please view the recording of our 2023 International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration below. Our 2024 event will be held on 29 January, focusing on the theme ‘The Fragility of Freedom’. Learn more

The theme for the 2023 event is keeping memory alive, asking us to keep alive both the voices of Holocaust survivors, and the memories of those murdered. It is not just a call to remember the past, but to reflect on the different ways in which it can inform our actions into the future, inspiring us to combat antisemitism, racism and prejudice in all its forms.

Keeping memory alive also invites us to celebrate the histories and cultures of all communities, acknowledging and honouring our differences to foster a greater understanding and acceptance between peoples and promote human rights into the future.

This event provides a chance to hear survivor testimony and the insights of community leaders, as well as a special performance from the acclaimed Yiddish music group the Bashevis Singers.

Our partners
This event was made possible by:
  • Australian Holocaust Alliance
  • Gandel Foundation
  • Victorian Government Multicultural Festivals and Events Program

Please view the recording of our 2023 International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration below. Our 2024 event will be held on 29 January, focusing on the theme ‘The Fragility of Freedom’. Learn more

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023

The Power of Truth: Holocaust Education in the 21st Century

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2022 Betty & Shmuel Rosenkranz Oration

Join us for the first major event in the new Melbourne Holocaust Museum, exploring Holocaust education in the 21st century with Sara J. Bloomfield, director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Sara will be speaking about the importance and relevance of Holocaust education and museums in the 21st century. Based on her experience of over 30 years with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, she will explore the challenges we face in the world today, and how we can respond to them using the power of truth.

Following her presentation Sara will appear in conversation with Jayne Josem, CEO of the Melbourne Holocaust Museum.

Speaker
Sara J. Bloomfield

Sara J. Bloomfield has led the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for 23 years, working to build a global institution that raises Holocaust awareness, deepens understanding of the lessons of the Holocaust, confronts denial, and advances genocide prevention. She serves on the International Auschwitz Council and is a recipient of the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and five honorary doctorates. She joined the planning staff of the Museum in 1986 when it was a project in development and served in a variety of roles before becoming director in 1999. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Bloomfield holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Northwestern University, a Master’s degree in Education from John Carroll University, and has studied business administration at the graduate level.

Lodz Ghetto Commemoration 2022

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 Join the Melbourne Holocaust Museum and the Lodz Committee in commemoration of the 78th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto.

The Landsmanshaftn were societies of Jewish immigrants who came from the same town or region in Eastern Europe. They were named for the members’ original birthplaces. They were formed to assist their fellow ‘townspeople’ in settling into their new lives in Australia. This assistance – material, emotional, cultural, and social – helped many new arrivals to begin their acclimatisation to life in their new country.

By 1949, numerous attempts had been made to form a Lodzer Landsmanshaft. In 1953 an initiating committee was formed with the aim of calling a general meeting of Melbourne Jews from the Polish city of Lodz and organising an evening to commemorate the memory of their annihilated community.

Today’s Lodz Committee consists of second and third generation descendants. As the years pass by and we have fewer of our precious survivors with us, we realise the importance of involving the younger generations in helping us remember the Lodzers who called Melbourne their home. Today we remember and honour Jewish Lodz, and its inhabitants, the last embers of a once glorious and vibrant community.

This year’s speakers include Holocaust survivor Mr Abram Goldberg OAM in conversation with his son Charlie; George Greenberg AM, child of Holocaust survivors, and family; child of Holocaust survivors Marcia Jacobs; and a tribute to Holocaust survivor, the late Mr David Prince (z”l).

Honouring Phillip Maisel OAM on his 100th birthday

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Date Time
15 Aug 2022 8:00 pm
Format
Calendar of Events for 2022, Online Livestream
Venue
Online
About this event

Join us in celebrating the 100th birthday of Holocaust survivor Phillip Maisel OAM, and commemorating his tireless work recording the harrowing experiences of other survivors.

Volunteering at the Melbourne Holocaust Museum for more than 30 years, Phillip has recorded survivor testimonies and preserved their voices. Each testimony of survival is a miracle in itself – earning Phillip the nickname the Keeper of Miracles.

In 2021, Phillip was interviewed by Dr. Stephen Smith MBE, former executive director of USC Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles, whose Visual History Archive holds 53,000 testimonies of eyewitnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides.

We invite you to join us in celebrating Phillip’s birthday with a special screening of that interview, and hear Phillip and Stephen discuss Phillip’s work, his legacy, and the lessons of survivor testimony.

The 2022 commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Liberation of Auschwitz

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Date Time
27 Jan 2022 7:30 pm
Type
Virtual
Cost
Free
Format
Online Livestream
About this event

We invite you to join us for the Australia-wide online commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD) and the liberation of Auschwitz on Thursday 27 January at 7.30pm AEDT.

The members of the Australian Holocaust Museum Alliance unite for this event to inspire Australians to keep the memories of survivors and those murdered in the Holocaust alive.

At a time when the number of living survivors continues to dwindle, IHRD illuminates the stories of survivors, alongside the voices of leaders within the wider community, to combat racism and discrimination and to ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust continue to be passed on to future generations.

We hope that you will join us in remembrance along with thousands of others across Australia.

This event proudly supported by the Gandel Foundation and the Victorian Government Multicultural Festivals & Events Program.

Book Launch: Gift of Time by Frances Prince

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Date Time
13 Oct 2021 8:00 pm
Type
Virtual
Cost
Free
Format
Online Livestream
Venue
Webinar
About this event

Join us in launching Gift of Time: Discoveries from the daily ritual of reading with my father by Frances Prince.

Frances Prince began reading to her Holocaust survivor father David Prince in mid-March 2020 as a form of care during the pandemic.

As they read a number of memoirs by Holocaust survivors, David reflected upon his Holocaust experiences and life as a Polish Jewish university student in post-war Munich. Together, they engaged in many conversations emerging from David’s recollections from the past, and Frances memorialised their family dialogue by penning Gift of Time.

The Gift of Time book launch features an in conversation between Joanna Murray–Smith and Frances Prince followed by a Q & A.

Gift of Time has been published by Real Film and Publishing.

Image: Gift of Time author Frances Prince reading with Holocaust survivor father David Prince.

On Trial: The Testimony of Halina Strnad at the Bruno Dey Trial

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Date Time
21 Jul 2021 7:30 pm
Type
Virtual
Cost
Free
Format
Online Livestream
Venue
Online
About this event

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Eichmann Trial, we invite you to join us for our On Trial Event Series.

The first in the series is – The Testimony of Halina Strnad at the Bruno Dey Trial

Halina Strnad is a Holocaust survivor who gave testimony at the trial of Bruno Dey; she was the only witness from Australia. Dey was an SS guard at Stutthof concentration camp when Halina was a prisoner. He maintained his innocence throughout the trial.

Halina will be interviewed by her long-time friend, Dr John Rogers. She will talk about her experiences during the Holocaust and during the 2020 trial and will share her thoughts on justice and forgiveness.

Introduced by the MHM’s Manager of Collections and Research, Dr Anna Hirsh.

We look forward to seeing you online on Thursday 22 July at 7:30 PM for this significant discussion.

The Freedom Circus: Sue Smethurst in conversation with Sue Hampel OAM

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The Freedom Circus tells the story of one family’s courage, hope, survival as well as their death-defying act escaping the Nazis and starting a new life in Australia.

After Sue Smethurst married into the Horowitz family, she heard snippets of stories about an astonishing cross-country escape through Poland and Russia during World War II, and of life in a circus. Sue realised she was in possession of an important piece of history and so, armed with a tin of old photographs and a voice recorder, she visited her husband’s grandmother, Mindla Horowitz, each week in an attempt to find out more.

Mindla was a young Jewish girl living in Warsaw when she met Kubush, a clown performing with Poland’s famous Staniewski Brothers circus. The young couple fell in love and were married, but soon after, war broke out. When Hitler began his reign of terror in Warsaw, Kubush was far from home with the circus. Mindla fled with their little boy, Gad, to be with her husband, but after arriving in the eastern city of Bialystok she found the circus had already moved on. She was captured, sent to a Russian prison and Gad was taken from her.

Join us in person at our temporary home in Malvern East or via Zoom to see award-winning author and journalist Sue Smethurst in conversation with the Melbourne Holocaust Museum’s Co-President Sue Hampel OAM about The Freedom Circus.

This is the first in-person event since COVID-19 closed our doors more than a year ago. We are thrilled to welcome you back! We understand that not everyone is comfortable with public gatherings, so we are also offering the option of live streaming via Zoom.

Please note that for those who will be joining us in-person, we will provide the address of our Malvern East location in an email after booking. For those who will be watching on Zoom, a link and instructions on how to join will be provided via email before the event.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Liberation of Auschwitz

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You are cordially invited to join us for the first Australia-wide commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January at 7pm AEDT (NSW, VIC, TAS, & ACT).

Holocaust Museums across Australia are uniting to present a moving and memorable commemoration. This online event will illuminate ways that we can all be a light for humanity in the darkness, through the inspiring words of Holocaust survivors and leaders in society.

Notable speakers include: Prime Minister the Hon. Scott Morrison MP; The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP; Senator The Hon. Penny Wong; The Hon. Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG; Holocaust Survivor Olga Horak OAM; John Gandel AC, Chairman of Gandel Philanthropy; Gideon Reisner, CEO of Stand Up.

Holocaust survivors from across Australia will participate in a moving candle lighting ceremony to ensure that the memory of the 6 million murdered in the Holocaust, is never forgotten.

Join us to heed the action to shine our own ‘light’ on intolerance and injustices that continue to prevail.

Betty & Shmuel Rosenkranz Oration 2020 – Auschwitz: artefacts as witness

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Keynote speaker: Paul Salmons, Curator & Education Consultant.

More than one million people were murdered in Auschwitz. But they did not disappear without trace. Material evidence of their lives and these crimes still remain – objects as witness, each with a story to tell. This talk will reveal how a major new exhibition explores the history and significance of Auschwitz through hundreds of artefacts, the challenges in curating a story of destruction, and will ask why this still matters today.

This event was made possible by the Judy and Leon Goldman family.

Speaker
Paul Salmons

Paul Salmons is an independent curator and education consultant specializing in “difficult histories”. His work includes “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away”, a major travelling exhibition produced by Spanish company Musealia, which presents some 700 original artefacts.

Paul worked for ten years at the Imperial War Museum in London, helping to create the UK’s national exhibition on the Holocaust and developing its distinctive educational approach. He has served on the UK delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance for some 20 years.

We Are Here

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Date Time
15 Jun 2020 5:30 pm
Type
Online
Format
Online Livestream
About this event

Join The Melbourne Holocaust Museum and 100 other museums and cultural institutions around the world for We Are Here: A Celebration of Resilience, Resistance, and Hope on Monday, June 15 @ 5.30pm

Featuring award-winning media personalities Whoopi Goldberg, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Adrien Brody, Mayim Bialik, and Jackie Hoffman, world-renowned singers and musicians Renee Fleming, Lea Salonga, Steven Skybell, Joyce DiDonato, and Lang Lang, and other public figures from all walks of life, the free 90-minute program will commemorate the recent anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and project a message of hope amidst the crises we face.