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The Melbourne Holocaust Museum is Australia’s largest institution solely dedicated to Holocaust education, research and remembrance. We exist to keep the voices of Holocaust survivors alive through education and memorialisation, to combat antisemitism, racism and prejudice.

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As Phillip turns 99, join us in honouring the global impact of the Phillip Maisel testimony collection.

This is my responsibility and my privilege: to be custodian of their memories, to be able to pass their stories on to the next generation – for me, this will be the greatest miracle of all.’

For more than 30 years, Phillip Maisel has worked selflessly to record the harrowing stories of Holocaust survivors.

Volunteering at the Melbourne Holocaust Museum as Director of the Testimonies Project, Phillip has listened tirelessly to their memories, preserved their voices and proven, time and time again, just how healing storytelling can be. Each testimony of survival is a miracle in itself – earning Phillip the nickname ‘the Keeper of Miracles’.

But, for Phillip, confronting and overcoming trauma is also personal. A Holocaust survivor himself, he, too, has unthinkable stories of triumph and tragedy, cruelty and hope.  

This special event will bring together global thought leaders and members of our Melbourne community to honour the remarkable work of Phillip Maisel OAM.

The Keeper of Miracles

Phillip’s deeply moving, healing and inspiring memoir shows us the cathartic power of storytelling and reminds us never to underestimate the impact of human kindness.

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Phillip's book 'The Keeper of Miracles'
Phillips filming a survivor's testimony

The Phillip Maisel Testimonies Project

In the early 1990s, with the purchase of a video camera, the Video Testimonies’ Project was launched. Phillip Maisel began volunteering and immediately recognised the enormity of the challenge, given the passage of time and the ageing of survivors. He made it his passion and goal to interview as many survivors as possible. He has dedicated himself tirelessly to the task. The more than 1400 testimonies collected are a testament to his energy and perseverance.

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