Survivors and community leaders team up to remember the Holocaust

January 23, 2022 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Members of the newly-formed Australian Holocaust Museum Alliance are coming together to commemorate International Holocaust Day in their second annual online event.

Edward Santow

Yvonne Engelman

This year’s commemoration is themed Everlasting Light and is a reminder to Australians that it is up to the young generation to keep the light of remembrance alive.

At a time when the number of living survivors continues to dwindle, it is the duty of Australia’s wider community to continue to pass on the memories and lessons from the Holocaust.

Taking lessons from the past, this event will motivate thousands of Australian viewers to cast light on discrimination, intolerance, injustice and racial vilification, to ensure they cease to exist.

As a key part of this event, Holocaust survivors will participate in a moving candle-lighting ceremony to signify that the memory of the 6 million Jewish people murdered in the Holocaust will never be forgotten.

Daniela Gavshon

Viewers will also be able to hear about the key findings and recommendations from a landmark piece of research, the Gandel Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness in Australia Survey, conducted by Deakin University and Gandel Foundation.

Joining moving speeches by Holocaust survivors Yvonne Engelman and Nina Bassat who will be joined in addressing the event including:

  • United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
  • Dr Lois Peeler, 2017 Australian of the Year (VIC)
  • Sue Hampel, International chair of the Education Working Group for IHRA
  • Edward Santow, Former Human Rights Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Deng Adut, 2017 Australian of the Year (NSW)
  • Deng Adut

    Daniela Gavshon, Program Director of Public Interest Advocacy Centre’s Truth and Accountability program

  • Sam Weiss, 2020-21 Composer Fellow for the Sydney Children’s Choir“Australia’s Holocaust museums have recently formed an alliance so that they can work to enhance Holocaust education and commemorative activities,” explains Australian Holocaust Museum Alliance chair Jayne Josem. “International Holocaust Remembrance Day encapsulates AHMA’s dedication to collaborate and impact Australian audiences across different cities and generations.”

Gandel Philanthropy, one of Australia’s largest independent family philanthropic funds, provided generous financial and in-kind support to enable this special commemoration to come to fruition.

Sam Weiss

The Gandel family has been a long-standing ambassador and advocate for Holocaust education in Australia, including through the world-class Gandel Holocaust Studies Program for Australian Educators.

Australians can register for the online event here:


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