Children’s Holocaust Memorial launched in New Zealand

November 19, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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150 invited guests have attended the launch at The Children’s Holocaust Memorial in Wellington.

Holocaust Centre director Inge Woolf QSM (left) receives a symbolic box, decorated by pupils with buttons out of Moriah College’s 1.5 million button collection, from Pauline Goldberg, one of the Moriah College parents deeply involved with the Moriah Button Project which because of the school’s closing will now be carried forward by the Holocaust Centre. in 2012Photograph by Ernie Rosenthal

The exhibition will remain at the National Library in Wellington for six months, before travelling to Christchurch and Auckland.

Chair of the Holocaust Centre Jeremy Smith told J-Wire: “I see incredible education opportunities for the memorial, with our mantra – to be an up-stander not a by-stander, the education components are aimed at schools and business.”

The exhibition features the 1.5 million buttons collected by New Zealanders including former prime ministers John Key and Helen Clark. The project had its roots at the now-closed Moriah School in 2012.

Each of the 1.5millions buttons represents a child’s life lost in the Holocaust.

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