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Jewish Holocaust Centre Inc

13-15 Selwyn Street ELSTERNWICK Phone: (03) 9528 1985 Visit Website

The Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC) was established in 1984 by Holocaust survivors to create a memorial to the Jews murdered by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945. The JHC is a museum, education and research Centre and provides a comprehensive overview through photos, artefacts and survivor testimony of the attempted genocide of European Jews by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. Our core objective, using Holocaust education as a tool, is to safeguard human rights and liberties by fostering respect and understanding in a culturally diverse community. The JHC is a not-for-profit volunteer-based community organisation, entry is free and revenue is derived predominantly from donations. Today the JHC has grown from its humble beginnings to become an active and internationally recognised institution.This is achieved through our museum display as well as our powerful education program which is available to schools and members of the community. Approximately 30,000 people visit the JHC annually and they have the opportunity to interact with survivors - eyewitnesses to the events. This experience enables people to learn in a unique environment and allows them to connect to the historical facts in a deeper, more meaningful way.

Our Collection

The Jewish Holocaust Centre, over a period of 29 years has collected over ten thousand items comprising seventeen thousand computer records related to the Holocaust. All of these items have been donated, mostly by Holocaust survivors. There are many highly significant items from the period, including official documents, a photographic album from a German soldier, documents from ghettos and concentration camps, as well as artefacts saved from the ghettos by survivors. We are currently in the process of updating our collection data to a computer catalogue, hence it is difficult to accurately quantify our collection, but we can provide the below approximations. The Jewish Holocaust Centre Collection includes:1.Video Testimonies - Over 1300 filmed interviews with Holocaust survivors and other eyewitnesses. 2.Photographs - Approx. 1000 original photographs and some negatives from the period as well as copies of photographs 3.Textiles - Approx. 100 items, mostly from the period, including camp uniforms and Jewish badges 4.Documents - Approximately 4000 documents, many of which are original as well as copies of original documents 5.Newspapers - Approx. 200 newspapers, some from the Holocaust period and others post-war related to the Holocaust 6.Coins, numismatics, medals, philately - Approx 300 items 7.Artefacts - Around 200 items from the Holocaust period 8.Artworks - Approx. 300 sculptures, paintings, drawings etc. mostly created by Holocaust survivors. Provide a comprehensive description of the entire collection. You may wish to attach up to 6 photographs of your most significant items, lists of collection items giving evidence of the size of the collection and the type of material, and floor plans of where the collection is housed. These descriptions will assist the assessors to understand the scope, breadth and depth of your collection.

The items in our collection comprise original documents and artefacts donated by survivors and families of survivors of the Holocaust. These items are unique as they are a testament to the events that occurred during 1933 ? 1945. Many of these original documents are one-off pieces reflecting the lives of individuals during these years. The items reflect the experiences of individuals during the Holocaust who immigrated to Australia after the Second World War. The museum display provides the general public and students a historical perspective of life in Europe during the Holocaust. The cultural impact on Australia is provided by the experiences of these survivors as they assimilated into Australian society and the effect their culture had on Australia. The JHC houses one of the largest collections of Holocaust memorabilia in Australia. In addition, a collection of items prior to WW2 represent the cultural heritage of people from many European countries.

Subcollections
testimonies

the JHC conducts video and audio interviews with Holocaust survivors to ensure that details from the time before and during the Holocaust are recorded for research purposes. An extensive oral history is collected at the JHC and recorded on magnetic tape. The tapes are then digitised and stored on magnetic hard disk drives for access by researchers.