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.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kristallnacht Concert of Remembrance – Nov 9

Kristallnacht Concert of Remembrance

Thursday 9 November
St James Theatre – First Floor Gallery
Tickets $30, Students $20
We invite you to our annual Kristallnacht Concert of Remembrance and fundraiser, November 9th at 7pm, at the St James Theatre – First Floor Gallery (doors open 6.30pm).
This will be an evening of Chamber Music hosted by Inbal Megiddo & Donald Maurice, with performances by members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand School of Music and the Druzýa Quartet (Winners of the NZCT Chamber Music New Zealand 2017 contest, the longest running youth music competition in New Zealand and the only nationwide chamber music competition for young secondary school musicians and composers).
Inbal and Donald have organised an excellent selection of music written in ghettos, concentration camps and post-war. Pieces include the Ballad of Mauthausen and a Jazz tribute to Coco Schumann, one of the founding members of the Ghetto Swingers jazz group formed within Theresienstadt concentration camp. Several of the pieces performed will be New Zealand premieres.
This concert is held in remembrance of Kristallnacht, November 9 and 10, 1938.
Kristallnacht, literally, “Night of Crystal,” often referred to as the “Night of Broken Glass”, referring to the broken glass from the windows of almost 300 synagogues, almost 8000 Jewish-owned businesses and Jewish homes, which were set alight, plundered and destroyed during the wave of State sanctioned violent anti-Jewish pogroms. This violent destruction took place throughout the late evening and early morning hours of November 9 and 10, 1938, across Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia. During Kristallnacht, almost 100 Jews were murdered and 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to prisons and concentration camps.

Kristallnacht, the beginning of the Holocaust – Lest we forget.


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.
         Session Topics Chosen By Teachers
  • Resistance was a theme of choice for most schools
Option One: Jewish life
Option Two: Significance of the Past (Including testimony)
Option Three: Resistance
Option Four: Auschwitz to Aotearoa
Option Five: Research
Option Six: General Overview
Midyear trip to the United States; a great opportunity to foster relationships
HCNZ has developed a formal relationship with USHMM, giving us access to resources and materials that they have available, e.g the “Never again, what you do matters” campaign.
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.
Many other Holocaust organisations are willing to support in sharing initiatives that they maybe doing or what we are undertaking and to give a fresh perspective on this.
New Technology  
USC Shoah Foundation has unveiled two new forms of testimony collection.
The first of these is the ‘virtual Holocaust survivor’. The project, called New Dimensions in Testimony, involved filming of 1000 questions asked to Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter.
Complex algorithms dictate which responses are played back.
The second of these is Lala, an animated presentation that is used with the aid of VR glasses and a smart phone.  – we now have these VR glasses for use at HCNZ.
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 education@holocaustcentre.org.nz

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.

CLICK HERE: To view video of Yad Vashem Seminar for Educators from NZ

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.

[Left] Winner of the Junior division: Seb Bartley of Cambridge High School [Media entry] being presented his certificate by Chris Harris, HCNZ National Director of Education.
Seb featured in Cambridge News 
[Right] Winner of the Senior division: Anna Sue of Mt Roskill Grammar School [Essay entry]

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

or Book Here (Seniors Week)

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.

The Idea: These gorgeous two-metre tall portraits by renowned photographer Alistair Guthrie, and the curated public conversations that surround them, honour
the individual behind that label.

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.