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Simcha stories

A generous bar mitzvah donation

Raph Caspar requested donations to the Melbourne Holocaust Museum in lieu of gifts for his bar mitzvah celebrations in 2021.

Raph was inspired by his Zaida, Max Wald, who has contributed many years of voluntary service to MHM’s Testimonies Department. In 2020, we established the ‘Max Wald Collections Internship’ to honour Max’s hard work. Raph encouraged support of this fantastic program with donations from family and friends in place of gifts for his bar mitzvah.

Raph believes all survivor testimonies should be recorded and remembered. The MHM makes these available for education and research purposes. As part of his bar mitzvah celebrations, Raph was thrilled to honour his grandfather’s work as well as assist the museum.


Honouring their families

Sarah Peterfreund and Dave Selzer generously chose to donate to the Melbourne Holocaust Museum when they married in 2020.

They said:

Having been together for over 10 years, we are fortunate to have built a beautiful life together and so for our wedding we felt strongly about raising funds for organisations close to our hearts.
We have both had the privilege of growing up with Holocaust survivors – our beautiful grandparents who have been such a big part of our lives. We are fortunate to have heard their stories first-hand and experienced their love, strength and support.

Knowing that the next generation won’t have this same first-hand experience is a sad realisation. For this reason, we wanted to support the Museum’s growth and help educate more students and families about the Holocaust.

A dedication to family history

Gabe Lewin, a Year 8 Mount Scopus College student, chose to make a donation to the Melbourne Holocaust Museum (MHM) in lieu of gifts for his bar mitzvah. Gabe made his choice as “the Holocaust is an important part of my family history. All of my great-grandparents are Holocaust survivors.”

One of Gabe’s earliest memories of learning about the Holocaust for the first time was in Grade 4, when he learnt about the Holocaust in class, and later performed at the Yom Hashoah commemoration in Melbourne.


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