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

A Night To Remember: The Ghetto Cabaret

Event Date: Thursday 15 June - Sunday 25 June | Venue: The Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre
Published on: Monday, 08 May 2017 03:41

A Night to Remember: the Ghetto Cabaret

In every wartime ghetto, Jews continued their rich cultural life despite the constant fear, the threat of deportation, hunger and disease. Music, theatre and cabaret were part of everyday life, with hundreds of new songs composed and plays written, a testament to the resilience of the performers and writers. Cabaret was particularly popular as it was a form of resistance – with upbeat songs poking fun at the Nazis and each other.

JHC Social Club: Barbara Kamler

Event Date: Thursday 15 June | Venue: Jewish Holocaust Centre
Published on: Monday, 08 May 2017 03:17

Guest Speaker, Barbara Kamler, Emeritus Professor, Deakin University will give a lecture on “Stories of Leaving and Relocating Lives”.

The experience of leaving one’s country and settling in a new place is traumatic— involving a complex process of dislocation and relocation, unsettling and resettling. Barbara Kamler was born in New Jersey and came to Australia in 1972. Through personal narrative she will share her thoughts about the tensions of moving between ‘here’ and ‘there’, between leaving your family and acquiring another, between what you imagine and what you experience.

Elie Wiesel: The Man and His Legacy

Event Date: Thursday 25 May | Venue: Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC)
Published on: Monday, 08 May 2017 02:42

Keynote speaker: Professor Steven T Katz will present a lecture on "Elie Wiesel: The Man and His Legacy".

This lecture is dedicated to the memory of Elie Wiesel and will begin with a summary of the main features of his remarkable life. It will then discuss the key issues raised by his enormous and highly influential list of publications, and will conclude with more personal reminiscences of his political
activity that brought him into contact with many intellectual, spiritual and political figures in America, Western Europe and Israel, and gained him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.

Honouring the Legacy of Elie Wiesel

Event Date: Tuesday 20 June | Venue: Jewish Holocaust Centre
Published on: Monday, 08 May 2017 01:45

The Jewish Holocaust Centre together with the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission invite the community to honour and pay tribute to Elie Wiesel (Z”L) on one year since his passing.

Featuring: Keynote address by Rabbi James Kennard

JHC Film Club: "Ulicia Graniczna (Border Street)" 1948, 115 mins

Event Date: Sunday 28 May | Venue: Jewish Holocaust Centre
Published on: Monday, 01 May 2017 07:06

The JHC Film Club will be screening "Ulica Graniczna (Border Street)" 1948, 115 mins
Directed by Aleksander Ford (born Mosze Lifszyc)
Guest Speaker: Abe Goldberg OAM, JHC Survivor-guide

Originally Ulica Graniczna, this post-war Polish drama was also released as That Others May Live. In sweeping, multi-storied fashion, the film recreates the last days of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943. Director Aleksander Ford concentrates on the repercussions that war, prejudice, resistance and oppression have upon the children-specifically the young Jewish ghetto dwellers.

Friends of the JHC: Entertainment Book 2017 now available

Published on: Tuesday, 04 April 2017 07:10
Published in: News from the JHC

Friends of the Jewish Holocaust Centre Entertainment BookTM is now available for sale from the Jewish Holocaust Centre.

Every sale contributes to our fundraiser, so purchase yours today!

To order your Book or your Digital Membership security online visit: www.entbook.com.au/188738b

Contact: Tosca Birnbaum - 03 9528 1985 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GEN 17 Survey

Published on: Tuesday, 04 April 2017 02:06
Published in: News from the JHC

Your Help is Requested for GEN 17

The Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation is currently undertaking a detailed survey, GEN 17, of the Jewish population. It is very important for the future of our community that as many of us as possible complete the online survey. It does not take long to do so.

Why important? Like the previous survey, conducted almost a decade ago, this survey will provide invaluable in-depth data analysis to help direct resources where they are needed most and to address the needs, insofar as possible, of a community in change.

War Memorial honours victims and survivors of the Holocaust

Published on: Thursday, 01 December 2016 00:38
Published in: News from the JHC

By Kristina Zarich

A new display at the Australian War Memorial pays homage to victims of the Holocaust and honours thousands of survivors who made Australia their home after the end of World War II.

A new permanent display has been launched at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to pay tribute to victims of the Holocaust.

While marking the deaths of six million Jews, the exhibit also includes stories of the thousands of survivors that made new homes in Australia after the end of World War II.

Developed by the Australian War Memorial and the Jewish Holocaust Centre, the exhibit expands on the small number of relics previously on display.

JHC Education Resources on ABC 'Splash'

Published on: Monday, 18 May 2015 05:04
Published in: News from the JHC

Explore Melbourne survivor testimonies and artefacts through these three Digibooks created in partnership with ABC Splash.