Exciting times at HCNZ!
Spring / October 2017 Issue 4
Dear Friends and Supporters
We hope this newsletter finds you well and helps you to keep up to date with events at the Centre and beyond.
Kristallnacht Concert of Remembrance – Nov 9
Kristallnacht Concert of Remembrance
Kristallnacht, the beginning of the Holocaust – Lest we forget.
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AGM – September 10th and link to Annual Report
National Director of Education, Chris Harris presents at AGM, Sun 10 Sept
If you wish to read our annual reportCLICK HERE
Sunday 10th Sept 4.30pm, HCNZ held our Annual General Meeting (AGM). There was a good turnout from volunteers, board members, members of the Jewish community & Friends. Minutes of 2016 were approved, the year to date was reviewed and many were thanked for their service. A new board was confirmed & can be viewed on our website. http://holocaustcentre.org.nz
National Director of Education Chris Harris
Yad Vashem NZ Educators Seminar 2017
- 24 educators went to Israel, led by Rick Sahar and myself.
- Each educator was required to complete an action plan of what they wanted to achieve while at Yad Vashem and afterwards (these due 23 September)
- The quality of presenters was amazing
- Would like the opportunity for the next group to visit the Ghetto Fighters Museum
Outreach Education 2017
- We identified a need to take education on the road; we identified this need from talking with teachers throughout the country, where it was felt that the topic was complex and they needed some assistance
- Teachers are given a series of topics from pre-Shoah Jewish life, resistance to where to find suitable resource material, a teacher may want something we don’t advertise, so we develop something to assist them.
- This has been highly successful with 28 schools visited, 49 sessions, 3100 students, plus over 100 teachers spoken to and 5500kms travelled.
- Resistance was a theme of choice for most schools
Option Two: Significance of the Past (Including testimony)
Option Three: Resistance
Option Four: Auschwitz to Aotearoa
Option Five: Research
Option Six: General Overview
USC Shoah Foundation and HCNZ are looking to enter into a memorandum of understanding around the use of testimony, to create lessons, that once moderated, will be cross-curricular and for all teachers in NZ to use.
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http://iwitness.usc.edu/SFI/Sites/360/Other happenings in Holocaust Education
- SOCCON-Social Studies conference in October; Yad Vashem graduates and I presented on using primary documentation and on using appropriate media when teaching the Shoah
- Adult Education Programme in Auckland and Wellington next year.
- Yad Vashem Teacher seminar-We will have 39 (out of 60) Yad Vashem Alumni attending a seminar at HCNZ in November 16th & 17th, to update us on what they are doing and sharing knowledge.
- Working with Human Rights Commission around “Give nothing to racism” campaign, where some Jewish voices will be added to their media productions.
- Thanks to the support of the Wellington Community Trust, we will be supporting low decile schools to visit the centre and the Anne Frank exhibition, by having the ability to pay teacher relief and for transport.
If you would like to become a member of the education team – please contact Chris Harris email@example.com
If you are a teacher interested in participating in Yad Vashem programme 2019 – there will be more information coming soon, in the new year 2018.
Winners of the 2017 Paul Seideman Competition
This year we opened up the competition beyond essay format and into media entries also, we also held a junior and a senior division.
The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand is happy to announce that Seb Bartley of Cambridge High School is the winner of the 2017 Paul Seideman Junior Holocaust Essay/Media Competition and Anne Sue of Mt Roskill Grammar School is the winner of the 2017 Paul Seideman Senior Holocaust Essay/Media Competition.
We look forward to welcoming these two students when they visit Wellington in January to present their winning entries at the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations on Friday 26th January 2018.
To all students who entered this competition thank you for your time and effort in presenting wonderful pieces of writing and media presentations.
United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018
On November 1, 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 60/7, designating January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The date marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. On this annual day of commemoration the UN urges every member state to honor the victims (and survivors) of the Holocaust. The same resolution supports the development of educational programs to remember the Holocaust and to prevent further genocides.
Resolution 60/7 not only establishes January 27 as “International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust,” it also rejects any form of Holocaust denial. The resolution encourages member states of the UN to actively preserve sites that the Nazis used during the “Final Solution” (for example, killing centers, concentration camps, and prisons.) Drawing from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the resolution condemns all forms of “religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief” throughout the world.
Save the date: JANUARY 26th*
*due to Shabbat falling on the 27th
further details coming soon.
SENIORS WEEK – Wellington City Council initiative. Oct 16th & 17th
Transplanted: Refugee Portraits on New Zealand
Tracey Barnett, producer and Alistair Guthrie, photographer, present a stunning photography exhibit and refugee ‘talking space’, ‘Transplanted: Refugee Portraits of New Zealand’, Oct 27-Nov 5th, at The National Portrait Gallery.
Come hear ten days and evenings of speakers, including Sir Geoffrey Palmer, discussions with the Ambassadors of ‘Hot Spot’ countries like Italy and Turkey, multiple sessions with outstanding young refugee voices, or choose to participate in our weekend ‘Human Library’ sessions. Should be a fascinating fortnight.
Full programme here https://wagepeacenz.org/transplanted-2/
All events are at The National Portrait Gallery, 11 Customhouse Quay, Oct 27-Nov 5th. Please see the flyer of events listed below also.
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Funds for the Refugee Portrait Project will go into printing these stunning large-scale prints, the accompanying text, setting up the speaker’s forums to take place during the exhibit, and travel expenses for the show to tour the country. The first cities targeted are Dunedin and Wellington.
Hanukkah In The Park – Dec 17 2017
Film crew looking for information on Salomon (Sally) Jacob Noach
HCNZ has been contacted by Thamar Barnett in London, who is part of a film production crew making a documentary on Salomon Jacob (Sally) Noach, (Zutphen, 28 December 1909 – Amsterdam, March 30, 1980), Dutch Jewish entrepreneur and key figure in Dutch resistance during World War II.
“The documentary is very much led by the children of Sally and they would like to see their fathers name and deeds get more recognition and serve as a reminder that there were many Jews who did resist and used every available opportunity to get out or get others out.”
She is seeking to hear from anyone connected with Sally. If you can help or know who can, please have them contact her.