Federal government gifts $10million to Jewish Holocaust Centre

April 11, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Melbourne’s The Jewish Holocaust Centre (JHC) is to receive $10 million as part of this year’s Budget.

Holocaust survivor Abe Goldberg and Josh Frydenberg

A statement from the Centre explained: “This grant is an outstanding endorsement and validation by our Government, confirming that the mission of the JHC has never been so vital and relevant.

The current world-wide surge of racism, extremism, intolerance and hate-inspired speech and violence demands that civil society redouble its efforts to educate widely for acceptance of culturally diverse and cohesive communities.”

The announcement was made Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

This grant will enable us to take the current redevelopment plans to the next level. These funds are additional to the $16 million we are raising for the planned new building and will enable us to create an incredible new facility with increased capacity and outreach. In particular, it creates the opportunity for all Victorian schoolchildren to attend the JHC’s education programs.

Our award-winning Museum and Research Centre has an enviable reputation. The Government’s objective and aspiration with this grant is to empower the Centre to become a world leader with its educational programs.

The Holocaust Centre educates about the value of social cohesion, while teaching students of the importance of respect, justice and individual responsibility in society based on the experiences of the Holocaust. Our education program clearly emphasises the dangers of racism and intolerance. These are the lessons and values the Government is keen to promote – lessons that are frighteningly relevant today.

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