Explore the history of Lodz Ghetto

Explore the history of Lodz Ghetto by viewing precious artefacts and hearing survivor testimony. Bono Wiener and Abram Goldberg buried documents in Lodz Ghetto before they were deported to Auschwitz. These and other items from our Collection are primary source evidence of the horrific conditions Jews endured during the Holocaust.

30 Year Anniversary Film

30 Year Anniversary Film

Remember the Past, Change the Future

This film looks as the past 30 years and how the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne has grown.

An Introduction to the Centre

An Introduction to the Centre

A video introduction to the Centre

A video introduction to the Jewish Holocaust Centre, our Museum and the survivor-guides and volunteers who work at the Centre.



Touching the past, shaping the future

Find out more about the latest interactive technology used throughout the Jewish Holocaust Centre's new Museum and how it is helping to bring the past to life for generations to come.

Education Program

Education Program

Find out more about how the Centre works with schools.

The Jewish Holocaust Centre's education department works with students from a large cross section of primary schools, secondary schools and universities.  In 2010 over some 18,000 students attended education programs at the Centre.

Our Museum

Our Museum

Find out more, or book a visit to the Centre's interactive Museum

The Jewish Holocaust Centre's museum includes photos and text displays, and state of the art interactive technology, including many recorded testimonies of our survivors.

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Latest from the JHC

Signing of 'Life Certificates'

Event Date: Thursday 26 July | Venue: Jewish Holocaust Centre
Published on: Monday, 18 June 2018 06:34

Registered recipients of German compensation can have their ‘Life Certificates’ endorsed officially at the Jewish Holocaust Centre on Thursday 26 July 2018, between 1:00pm and 3.00pm.

It is essential for those who would like their certificates signed and stamped to complete the required information on the forms they have received prior to their appointments, and to bring proof of identity with them - valid photo-ID such as a passport, driver’s license, Keypass or proof-of-age card.

Public Lecture: Prof Atina Grossmann

Event Date: Sunday 15 July | Venue: Jewish Holocaust Centre
Published on: Monday, 18 June 2018 05:41

Guest Speaker Professor Atina Grossmann will be giving a lecture on Remapping Survival: Jewish Refugees and Lost Memories of Displacement, Trauma, and Rescue on the Margins of the Holocaust.

Atina Grossmann is Professor of History in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union in New York City. Atina has published many scholarly books including, Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany (2007, and translated into German, 2012).

JHC Social Club: Leah Kaminsky

Event Date: Thursday 12 July | Venue: Jewish Holocaust Centre
Published on: Thursday, 14 June 2018 01:50

The JHC Social Club guest speaker Leah Kaminksy, physician and award-winning writer, will be giving a lecture on ‘Bearing Witness through Fiction’.

Her debut novel The Waiting Room won the prestigious Voss Literary Prize and was shortlisted for the Helen Asher Award (Vintage Australia 2015, Harper Perennial US 2016).

We are thrilled to announce Alice Zaslavsky will be joining us for a chat about ‘how food can help you connect and heal’ after our screening of Oma and Bella.

Before making her on-screen debut on Masterchef Australia in 2012, Alice was the youngest Head of Department at an elite private school. She has since made the living-room her classroom, hosting kids' food and lifestyle programs as well as co-hosting a regular "Veg Seg" on ABC Radio Drive. Her children’s book Alice’s Food A-Z was also the first cookbook to be given a Notable gong by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Place 24 June in your diary, and ensure you do not miss this special event.

'Oma and Bella'

Book Launch: "L’Chaim: the Exceptional Life of Chaim Sztajer"

Event Date: Sunday 15 July | Venue: Jewish Holocaust Centre
Published on: Wednesday, 13 June 2018 02:03

Book Launch: L'Chaim the exceptional life of Chaim Sztajer by his daughter, Malka Zylbersztajn. To be launched by Professor Andrew Markus, Pratt Foundation Research Chair of Jewish Civilisation, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Chaim’s story begins pre-war Czestochowa, Poland where poverty and antisemitism are an everyday struggle surpassed only by the strength and love of Chaim’s tightknit religious family.

Special Exhibition: “Jewish Life in Germany Today”

Published on: Thursday, 31 May 2018 11:33
Published in: News from the JHC

Special Exhibition 1-15 July 2018  - “Jewish Life in Germany Today”

The Jewish Holocaust Centre looks forward to hosting this special exhibition which combines the historical and contemporary aspects of living as a member of the Jewish community in Germany.

Public Lecture: 'Failing to Understand Failure: Reassessing the Evian Conference of 1938'

Event Date: Thursday 12 July | Venue: Jewish Holocaust Centre
Published on: Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:47

Guest Speaker Professor Paul Bartrop will be giving a public lecture on “Failing to Understand Failure:Reassessing the Evian Conference of 1938”

July 2018 marks the 80th anniversary of the Evian Conference on refugees from Nazism, which has long been identified as a ‘failed conference’ and a ‘lost opportunity’ to save the Jews of Europe. In The Evian Conference of 1938 and the Jewish Refugee Crisis (London, Palgrave MacMillan, 2017), Dr Bartrop offers a critical assessment of this view.

JHC Film Club: "Germans and Jews" (2012)

Event Date: Sunday 8 July | Venue: Jewish Holocaust Centre
Published on: Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:39

The JHC Film Club will be screening the documentary "Germans and Jews" (2016)
Directed by Janina Quint
Guest Speaker: Dr Helen Light AM

Today, Europe’s fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin.

Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader in Europe as it embraces hundreds of thousands of refugees. None of these developments could have been imagined in 1945.

JHC Film Club: "Oma and Bella" (2016)

Event Date: Sunday 24 June | Venue:
Published on: Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:30

The JHC Film Club will be screening the documentary Oma and Bella (2012)
Directed by Alexa Karolinski
Guest Speaker: Alice Zaslavsky, Co-host of 'Veg Seg' on ABC Radio Drive, children's book author 'Alice's Food A-Z'.

Oma & Bella is an intimate glimpse into the world of Regina Karolinski (Oma) and Bella Katz, two friends who live together in Berlin. Having survived the Holocaust and then stayed in Germany after the war, it is the food they cook together that they remember their childhoods, maintain a bond to each other and answer questions of heritage, memory and identity.