Anthony Haas is the Foundation Director of the Centre for Citizenship Education (CCE), associate member of the New Zealand Parliamentary Press Gallery, foreign correspondent and a prolific author.
His new book Being Palangi: My Pacific Journey tells of the ongoing development of New Zealand as a Pacific nation. In this book, Haas explores little known stories of his paternal grandfather who was the Democratic Party leader in the German Parliament in the 1920s, through to his father’s escape to New Zealand in the 1930s. The memoir is about multiculturalism. It includes stories about how people can work together to make the world a better place.
Chapter Two of Tony’s memoir can be accessed here.
Amos Hausner was eleven when the Eichmann trial gripped Israel, the Jewish world and beyond. Old enough for such an event to leave an indelible mark and even more so when your father is the Attorney General and prosecutor, and key witnesses break their silence and descend upon your family home to tell their stories.
The Eichmann trial exposed genocide on a large scale. It shocked the world with the precision and the brutality and gave faces and voice to the sufferings of ordinary people. Legally it highlighted universal jurisdiction and was pivotal in the creation of the International Criminal Court. There were also legal issues of impartiality, the argument of "following orders" and the defence of an "Act of State".
Amos Hausner followed his father into the law and carved a successful legal career in his own right creating precedents inconstitutional, criminal, civil and administrative law.
He continues to take the messages of the Eichmann trial around the world.
Amos Hausner is a former Supreme Court Judge and Attorney General of the World Zionist Organisation, Current Board Member of the Massuah Institute for the study of the Holocaust and former member on Jerusalem's Hebrew University Disciplinary Tribunal.
Stream the recording of his talk in Wellington on 27th March 2015: http://bit.ly/1GdMT3y
I am only here today because my mother Ilse, and her sister Herta survived Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Our immediate family was one of the lucky ones – we survived – nearly 60 in my mother’s extended family did not.
When we talk about The Holocaust, it is often in terms of the numbers - 6 million killed, 1.5 million of them children. It is easy to say a number, without getting the impact of the scale of the suffering.
Minister the Hon Maggie Barry; Their Excellencies the Ambassadors for Israel and Germany, both of whom most effectively represent their countries and, as with their predecessors, have always supported this Day, and other Ambassadors and High Commissioners present today at this international commemoration; the Mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, and the Chair of the Greater Wellington Regional Council, Fran Wilde; leaders and members of our Jewish Community and, of course, survivors of the Holocaust; Dame Susan Devoy, the Race Relations Commissioner; Ladies and Gentlemen.
The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand hosted Aubrey Pomerance, Chief Archivist of the Jewish Museum Berlin, for a talk in Wellington on Sunday 14th December about the Museum’s architecture, exhibitions, and education programmes. Aubrey presented a showcase of the Museum’s buildings & exhibition spaces. The Museum is a cultural landmark, referencing the Holocaust, the period of National Socialism, Jewish history & identity. The two buildings designed by Daniel Libeskind create an immersive environment of light, space & time.
The Museum archive holds over 1,500 family bequests, and maintains a focus on original materials in this increasingly digital climate. Through their archival education workshops, pupils examine documents from the archives to form connections between objects, relationships & narratives. Building a powerful dialogue between pupils and Holocaust survivors, the Museum undertakes the challenges of representing insights into the Holocaust and the period of National Socialism.
View the presentation (PDF) and listen to the recorded talk:
David is the Chairman of the Wellington Regional Jewish Council and holds the well earned position as a much respected leader of the Jewish Community in New Zealand. David was appointed as the Honorary Consul from Israel to New Zealand in 2003 and is the only Jewish Kiwi to receive the World Zionist Organisation's highly esteemed Jerusalem Prize. David is a constant supporter and Friend of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.
You can listen to the talk he gave at the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand Speaker Series 2014, 30th October 2014:
Marco is an award-winning editor, poet, literary translator and senior lecturer at the School of Languages and Cultures at Victoria University of Wellington.
You can listen to the talk he gave at the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand Speaker Series 2014, 18th September 2014:
Phillip Green is a mediator, arbitrator, adjudicator, and barrister. He is based in Wellington and works in New Zealand and overseas.
Born in 1949 New Zealand, Phillip remembers "an insulated, isolated, comfortable middle class world. And in it, the seeds of prejudice lay, not dormant, but germinating slowly."