We’re talking about people, not numbers. Our permanent Holocaust exhibition starts and ends with local survivor, Tuvia Lipson. But in between, visitors will encounter thousands of stories – most from our Melbourne survivor community.
Everybody had a name – nobody had a grave
Everybody had a name – nobody has a grave: This is what survivor Tuvia Lipson would tell visitors and school children when sharing his story of survival. The experiences shared in this exhibit form a collective history of the Holocaust, from a uniquely Melbourne perspective. It honours the survivors who migrated here. Those who built a strong community from the ashes of the Holocaust – determined to inspire and educate future generations. Determined to prevent such atrocities from happening again.
This exhibition is divided into six sections, taking visitors on a journey from life before the war, to the rise of Nazism and the outbreak of WW2 through to liberation and its aftermath.
6 million lives, memorialised through individual stories
For those of us fortunate to not live through these experiences, it can be challenging to comprehend. Six million people murdered. Targeted for extermination. Our survivors know better than anyone, grasping the sheer weight of this is difficult. So they break it down one story at a time. Sharing their experiences, along with that of their mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, neighbours and friends. To commemorate the victims – and amplify the voices of survivors.