Boyd Klap honoured for maintaining the memory of Anne Frank

August 6, 2021 by  

Over a decade of activities promoting the memory and messages of Anne Frank’s short life was recognized last week with a special presentation to 94-year-old Dutch-born Boyd (Boudewijn) Klap. Read more

A thought-provoking Anne Frank memorial

June 16, 2021 by  

On a cold, windy Wellington day about 200 people gathered in a park – a former quarry – to watch New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister unveil a challenging new Anne Frank memorial in Wellington. Read more

Remembering the past – looking to the future

January 29, 2020 by  

Holocaust survivors were honoured at the Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations in the capital, Wellington, at the same time as speakers referred to changes needed in New Zealand to counter rising antisemitism. Read more

Kristallnacht commemoration concert in Wellington

November 13, 2019 by  

This year’s Kristallnacht commemoration concert on 10 November brought us more of the annual event’s distinctive quality – works associated with the Holocaust performed by leading New Zealand musicians. Read more

Diary of a Young Girl = Te Rātaka a Tētahi Kōhine

June 17, 2019 by  

The commemoration of what would have been Anne Frank’s 90th birthday, had she survived Bergen-Belsen, was a double event for the Wellington Jewish community. Read more

Remembering Hungary’s Jews on Yom Hashoah

May 2, 2019 by  

The focus of Wellington’s Yom Hashoah observance on 1 May was the sad fate of Hungarian Jewry 75 years ago when hundreds of thousands were deported to their death in Auschwitz-Birkenau between May and July 1944. Read more

UNIHR Day in Wellington

February 7, 2019 by  

With the theme this year of “Righteous Among the Nations,” the overflowing marquee of people attending this year’s United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day, at Wellington’s rural Makara cemetery, heard many moving references to the Righteous, including a previously untold story of what befell a Dutch family. Read more

Strong messages from 2018 Holocaust observance

February 5, 2018 by  

Linking this year’s United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day (UNIHRD) with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission’s campaign “Give nothing to racism” produced some very forthright statements at the commemoration ceremonies. Read more

Holocaust remembrance helps fight racism

January 25, 2018 by  

“Our collaboration with the Human Rights Commission’s ‘Give nothing to racism’ campaign shows how strongly Holocaust remembrance contributes to the aim of improving New Zealand society,” Holocaust Centre of New Zealand director Inge Woolf said today. Read more

Remembering Kristallnacht

October 7, 2017 by  

Visitors to Wellington NZ around this coming 9 November can take in a Kristallnacht commemoration concert of special music related to that violent and tragic event. Read more

Holocaust remembrance in Wellington

January 30, 2017 by  

The serene rural surroundings at the Jewish Cemetery, Makara, gave a suitable backdrop for the observance of United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day in New Zealand’s capital Wellington on 27 January. Read more

Buttons, not stones, on Holocaust Memorial

February 4, 2016 by  

With a break from Jewish tradition, children on UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the New Zealand’s capital city Wellington placed buttons, not stones, on the New Zealand capital’s Holocaust memorial. Read more

UNESCO message welcomed

January 24, 2016 by  

The UNESCO director-general’s message to the world for United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day is powerful and timely according to New Zealand Holocaust Centre director Inge Woolf. Read more

From lions to lambs

September 30, 2015 by  

An evening that began with noisy, extremist ranting in the corridor outside a Victoria University lecture room, ended up inside as a (mostly) calm and thoughtful dialogue between pro-Palestinians and two Israelis visiting New Zealand for the High Holy Days. Read more

The Holocaust remembered in New Zealand’s capital.

January 29, 2015 by  

Due to the significance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the commemoration of United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day was more extensive in New Zealand this year. Read more

Remembering Rabin

November 6, 2014 by  

More than 40 people gathered at the Yitzhak Rabin memorial in New Zealand’s capital Wellington at a service  remembering the assassinated Israeli Prime Minister. Read more

U.N. International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Wellington

January 29, 2014 by  

Wellington’s UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day was honored by New Zealand’s Attorney-General and honoured the organiser of the Anne Frank tour. Read more

A Scottish woman worked in Budapest and died in Auschwitz

December 12, 2013 by  

An intriguing and inspiring story of a Scottish woman who died in Auschwitz because of dedication to her work at a Jewish girls’ home and school in Budapest was unfolded at a meeting in Wellington’s Myers Hall this week, sponsored by the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand. Read more

90-yr-old Holocaust survivor honoured

December 8, 2013 by  


90-year-old Auschwitz survivor Clare Galambos-Winter has received a Hunter Fellowship award from Victoria University of Wellington…a recognition of her support for the NZ School of Music. Read more

NZ doubles Auschwitz support

June 17, 2013 by  

The New Zealand government has doubled the grant of €50,000 it made in 2011 to support the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Site. Read more

Smaller numbers but the feeling is the same

April 11, 2013 by  

From the huge crowds attending Yom Hashoah functions in Melbourne and Sydney, J-Wire takes you to the tiny Jewish community in Hamilton, New Zealand. Read more

1.5 murdered children – 1.5 million buttons

January 31, 2013 by  

New Zealand Button Memorial to the Children of the Holocaust was the main theme of United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital…a memorial which saw schoolchildren collect one button to represent each young life lost in the Holocaust. Read more

NZ Prime Minister launches Holocaust project

January 25, 2013 by  

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key today will launch a unique, New Zealand-produced artistic educational project, ‘Shadows of Shoah’ at the official Auckland commemoration of the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day (UNIHRD)…a move appreciated by Israel’s ambassador to new Zealand. Read more

Moriah closes

December 9, 2012 by  

The final graduation and closing ceremony for Wellington’s Moriah College was an emotional event, expressing pride in the school’s achievements over its 25-year existence, nostalgia for what was being lost in its closing, but anticipation of fresh Jewish education efforts for the capital’s small Jewish community. Read more

…and an award for Denis

June 13, 2012 by  

The Wellington Gold Awards – in association with local paper The Dominion Post – celebrate inspiring business performers in Greater Wellington.

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Wellington Holocaust Centre opens

April 20, 2012 by  

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand has been opened in Wellington, the nation’s capital…on the solemn day of Yom Hashoah when we remember the millions who perished in the Holocaust. Read more

UN International Holocaust Day in New Zealand

January 31, 2012 by  

The United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day has been commemorated in Wellington, New Zealand. Read more

Award for Wellington Holocaust Centre

August 25, 2011 by  

The Wellington Holocaust Research and Education Centre has received a a New Zealand Diversity Awards from the Maori King. Read more

Wellington Jews Honor Nancy Wake

August 9, 2011 by  

Wellington’s Jewish community today honoured Nancy Wake, the New Zealand-born resistance heroine, for her dedication to fighting Nazis in German-occupied France during World War 2. Read more

Wellington Open Day features Holocaust Centre

June 22, 2011 by  

As a run-up to the World Rugby Cup, when New Zealand’s capital expects to be flooded with visitors, the local tourism organisation (Positively Wellington Tourism) has arranged an “open day” of the city’s main tourist attractions, ranging across museums, the zoo, major parks and heritage buildings. Read more

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