HOPE project launched in New Zealand

June 24, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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The Jewish Federation of New Zealand has launched its annual HOPE project through which Holocaust survivor Guta Goldstein will visit 30 high schools, university campuses and Jewish communities.

Students hear Holocaust stories

Students hear Holocaust stories from Guta Goldstein

Over a  three-week-period, Guta Goldstein, a survivor of the Lodz Ghetto and Auschwitz,  will travel across New Zealand visiting schools in Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Wellington and Palmerston North. By the end of her marathon tour, Mrs Goldstein would have spoken to over 3,000 high school children and over 500 youth and adults.

Goldstein, who now lives in Australia, will also visit the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand in Wellington on HOPE [Holocaust Outreach Programme of Education].

The project is generously supported by the Claims Conference (Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany).

President of the Zionist Federation of New Zealand Rob Berg told J-Wire: “The HOPE project has been running since 2012 and provides an excellent opportunity for New Zealanders, particularly New Zealand youth, to hear first-hand about the Shoah and the tragedy which befell European Jewry. It is an opportunity to explore and understand where hatred can ultimately lead to. Our hope is that by hearing a Shoah survivor speak about their personal experiences, New Zealanders will continue to embrace multi-culturalism and see individuals and groups from different cultures in a positive way”

 

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