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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 in order to combat antisemitism, racism and prejudice. 

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Michael David (defence) and Greg James (prosecution) at the war crimes trial of Ivan Ivanechko (Polyukhovich), March 1992. Courtesy of the University of Melbourne Archives.
Michael David (defence) and Greg James (prosecution) at the war crimes trial of Ivan Ivanechko (Polyukhovich), March 1992. Courtesy of the University of Melbourne Archives.

Thank you for joining us for a special online panel discussion exploring Australia’s only Holocaust war crimes trial.

In the early 1990s, alleged Nazi war criminal Ivan Polyukhovich was tried in the Supreme Court of South Australia. The seventy-three-year-old man was charged with murdering Jewish people in Nazi-occupied Ukraine. Almost thirty years later, we will examine the issues surrounding this unique and complex case.

ABC Radio presenter David Bevan, the ABC and Advertiser’s court reporter for the trial and author of its account A Case to Answer, will moderate a discussion with others involved in the case: retired Supreme Court Judges, The Hon. Gregory James AM QC (prosecutor) and The Hon. Michael David QC (defence), and Emeritus Professor Dr Konrad Kwiet (Chief Historian and expert witness).

Following the informative panel presentation, you can join the discussion on this complex criminal trial by participating in a Q & A.

Please click the button at the top of this webpage at 8pm Thursday 21 October to stream the live event.

Upcoming Event

Join us for the Betty & Shmuel Rosenkranz Oration.

75 years since the Nuremberg Judgement, Philippe Sands QC explores what Nuremberg meant to the world and the challenges posed by post-Holocaust justice in the years ahead.

Free online event streaming from 8pm Tuesday 9 November 2021.

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Phillipe Sands QC
Phillipe Sands QC