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The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand (HCNZ) is the country’s national Holocaust education and remembrance centre. HCNZ documents and shares the stories of Holocaust survivors of Nazi persecution who migrated to New Zealand.

HCNZ’s vision is that through testimony and experience, it will inspire and empower individuals to stand against prejudice and apathy.

The displays focus on the Holocaust from a New Zealand perspective. Displays make use of Holocaust survivor testimonies (on DVD and in person where possible), personal artefacts and written records.

Add to your visit with a tour from our knowledgeable volunteer guides. Utilise the reference library of a range of Holocaust literature.

Learn about:

  • Jewish life before, during and after the Holocaust.
  • New Zealand responses to the Holocaust and Jewish refugees
  • The experience of the Holocaust as told through the stories of Holocaust survivors who contributed greatly to New Zealand society (e.g Clare Galambos-Winter)
  • The New Zealand Children's Holocaust Memorial Project: the Button Memorial.

1.5 million children perished in the Holocaust.

This enormous number was too great for children at the former on-site Moriah College (primary school) to grasp, so they decided to find out what 1.5 million really looked like. Over a period of two and a half years the children collected 1.5 million buttons from all over the world. These are in the process of being turned into a Memorial.

HCNZ also hosts public speaking events and shows films and presentations.

Ensuring the Holocaust remains relevant to younger generations is a key focus at HCNZ.

Free Entry. Koha appreciated.