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Don't miss this year's Kristallnacht Commemoration Concert

Wednesday November 9, St James Theatre, 6:30 doors open, 7pm concert

You are invited to the Kristallnacht commemoration concert themed “Raising Awareness of Refugees in NZ”

An evening of rarely heard music performed by members of the NZ School of Music and the NZ Symphony Orchestra, who have put together an excellent selection of music written in ghettos, concentration camps, and post war. The programme includes the world premier of Richard Fuchs’ Song for Simeon and the NZ premier of Lori Laitman’s Vedem Songs. This concert is about human experience told in music.

Standard $30
Friends & volunteers $25 
Students $20
Complimentary drink served upon arrival

Tickets available on Ticketek, and can also be purchased at the Michael Fowler Centre Box office.


Hon Chris Finlayson's Address on Holocaust Remembrance Day

"Shalom and welcome to Parliament. We are here because today is United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorated each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz/Birkenau in Poland on this day in 1945.

Last year Annette King and I represented New Zealand in Auschwitz for the 70th anniversary commemoration. It was a sombre occasion attended by a number of survivors as well as representatives of many governments. I will never forget walking from the gatehouse to the far end of the camp to lay a wreath at the conclusion of the ceremony accompanied by, among others, Josh Frydenberg MP for Kooyong and a minister in Malcolm Turnbull’s Cabinet. Josh’s family lost relatives in Auschwitz.

71 years have passed and the Holocaust continues to be discussed and studied. Every year there are more books and films which consider this most grotesque event in all of human history. For example, just two days ago I flew on Lufthansa from Frankfurt to San Francisco to New Zealand. I watched an outstanding German film called The People vs. Fritz Bauer.


Anthony Haas: Go Away as Far as You Can

A talk based on Chapter Two of Tony Haas’s new memoir Being Palangi: My Pacific Journey

Public Talk, Thursday 3rd September 6:00pm 

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.

Entry by Koha


Amos Hausner

LEGACY: Father, Son & Nation - Reflections on the Eichmann Trial

Public Talk, 27 March 2015

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:

Carol Ratnam on 27 Jan 2015

Read at the Parliamentary Reception, Grand Hall, Wellington

UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015 – 27 January:

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.


Ian McKinnon on 27 Jan 2015

Read at the Parliamentary Reception, Grand Hall, Wellington

UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015 – 27 January:

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.


Aubrey Pomerance JMB

Aubrey Pomerance MA, Jewish Museum Berlin

Sunday, 14 December 2014

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 Zwartz

Speaker Series Talk, Holocaust Centre of New Zealand

30 October 2014

Early Holocaust commemorations among New Zealand's Jewish community

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:

Dr. Marco Sonzogni

Speaker Series Talk, Holocaust Centre of New Zealand

18 September 2015

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:


Professor Phillip D. Green

The Seeds of Prejudice in 21st Century New Zealand

Address given at Holocaust Centre of New Zealand AGM, 10 August 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."

Download the transcript of his address

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