Holocaust Centre of New Zealand

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand (formerly Wellington 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.

In 2012, the Centre changed its name and its role to the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand reflecting the service it provides throughoutNew Zealand.

Projects 2012
Holocaust Remembrance Day 2012

The Centre marks the United Nations International Day of Remembrance on Friday, 27 January in conjunction with the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO. A memorial service will be held at the Holocaust Memorial atMakaraCemeteryfrom 1pm followed by a formal ceremony at Parliament.

Launch of Holocaust Centre of New Zealand in Auckland

In March this year the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand will launch inAuckland. Details will be announced on the website.

Opening of new premises, exhibition and learning facility

On !9 April this year which is Yom Hashoa, the Centre will open new larger premises and a new exhibition and learning facility.

Teacher seminars

Plans are also underway for teachers seminars in Christchurch ,Wellington and Auckland in May.


The Centre has developed a website: www.holocaustcentre.org.nz to make their work available to everyone interested inNew Zealand’s connection with the Holocaust. It is linked to major international Holocaust sites; it makes their research widely available; and is a source of information about current and forthcoming events and has a page for teachers demonstrating how to teach the Holocaust within the New Zealand Curriculum.


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