Wellington Holocaust Research and Education Centre

The Holocaust Research and Education Centre was opened in Wellington in April 2007. The aim of the centre is to collect and record the stories of Holocaust survivors who fled Hitler’s Europe and came to Wellington and made new lives here; and to tell these stories in ways which will inspire following generations, of both Jewish and other faiths, to combat intolerance wherever it occurs, and to respect the dignity of the lives of every man, woman, and child. The material collected will be digitised and made available on the internet, and school groups will be invited to visit the centre.

Projects 2011
Change to NZ Holocaust Centre

During 2011, the Centre will change its name and its role to the New Zealand Holocaust Research and Education Centre, reflecting the service it provides throughout New Zealand.


We have developed our website: www.holocaustcentre.org.nz to make our work available to everyone interested in New Zealand’s connection with the Holocaust. It is linked to major international Holocaust sites; it makes our research widely available; and is a source of information about our current and forthcoming events.


The displays in the Holocaust Centre will be refurbished this year.  The present displays will be preserved, but placed in their historical context, showing how the persecution of the Jews of the Czech lands was the beginning in 1938 and that of the Jews in Hungary in 1944 the final stage of the deportation and mass murder of Jews.

There will be a new display devoted to the story of the children brought to Wellington in the 1930s from orphanages in and around Bialystok by the Jewish philanthropists Max and Annie Deckston.

It will tell the story of the Deckstons coming to New Zealand from Russia in 1900, the children they brought to Wellington and saved fromt he Holocaust, and the descendants of these children, and the story in detail of three of these children, their lives in Poland and New Zealand, and the fate of the families they left behind.

The new refurbished displays will show visitors to the Holocaust Centre the reality of the Holocaust in a relevant meaningful way.


The Centre marks the United Nations International Day of Remembrance on 27 January in conjunction with the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. A ceremony for this was held at the Holocaust Memorial at Makara Cemetery and a reception for invited guests was held at Parliament, hosted by the Hon Chris Finlayson. Ther Parliamentary reception also included the launch of The Violinist, the story of Wellington holocaust survivor Clare Galambos.

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