Holocaust/Genocide exhibition opens in Melbourne

July 29, 2012 by J-Wire Staff
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The Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne is hosting an exhibition from the USA of photographs and extraordinary stories from the Holocaust and genocides in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda and Cambodia.

An image from the exhibition Photo: Riccardo Gangale.

The exhibition highlights acts of courage by ordinary heroes who resisted overwhelming tides of prejudice and violence to risk their lives saving others. Using photography and narratives it aims to deepen awareness and understanding of the presence of rescue behaviour during genocides. We believe that visitors will leave with better knowledge of how one person can make a difference in the face of organised violence. An adjunct to the exhibition will be displays of Melbourne-based rescuers from the Holocaust which have been kindly donated by Courage to Care.

The Rescuers’ curator Leora Kahn has launched the exhibition and participated in a series of lectures and discussions. She is an accomplished and award-winning curator, educator, film-maker, photographer, photo editor and director of photography for publications such as The New York Times Magazine, People Magazine, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone and The NewYorker.

As part of its mission of combating racial intolerance, the Jewish Holocaust Centre will hold a colloquium involving members from Melbourne’s Jewish, Bosnian-Herzegovinian, Rwandan and Cambodian communities who have witnessed or been victims of genocide, both past and present, as well as the Armenian and Sudanese communities.

Gratien Mutsindo a Pentecostal minister said  ‘I could tell the killers to kill me first, which for some strange reason they wouldn’t do, they all survived.’

Over four weeks, the JHC will host a series of lectures, discussions and film nights involving academics, mental health practitioners, community-aid workers and leading members of the Jewish and wider communities.

The JHC hosts over 20,000 school students from some 430 schools annually as part of its educational program. Students visiting the JHC during the exhibition will have an opportunity to connect events during the Holocaust to current world issues, while the programmed lectures and discussion groups promise to reach further into the community.

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