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Happy Birthday 105th Sir Nicholas Winton!

Posted by nzchmemorial on May 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (3)

Happy Birthday Sir Nicholas Winton!


Our beloved patron, Sir Nicholas Winton, turned 105 last week, and our project leader, Vera Egermayer was there to celebrate the occasion with him.


Read the story of Jarrard O'Brien - a 3rd generation survivor, alive today thanks to the courage of our patron Sir Nicholas Winton.


1.5 million children weren't so lucky. Our pages on Education and Children of the Holocaust will take you to pages and resources dedicated to their stories.

Germany clears way for Mein Kampf reissue - What do you think?

Posted by nzchmemorial on January 24, 2014 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The following text is taken from The New Zealand Herald online 25 Jan 2014

Bavaria has cleared the way for Adolf Hitler's manifesto Mein Kampf to be published in Germany for the first time since World War II.


The state owns the copyright and had blocked attempts to publish a new German-language edition, fearing it would encourage a resurgence of the far right. However, the copyright expires next year.


Plans to republish the book with an academic commentary early in 2016 were approved in 2012, but last December the idea was blocked after Holocaust survivors complained. Bavaria then said the book should never appear in print in German.


"We have changed our minds," said Minister of Culture Ludwig Spaenle on Thursday.


Bavaria had supported the academic version with 500,000 ($825,976) funding. But now it will withdraw its financial support, and the book is expected to be published by Munich's Institute of Contemporary History.


Some members of the Bavarian legislature had been angered by the state's decision to block the annotated version.



After decades of opposition, Germany's Central Council of Jews also swung in favour of an academic version of Mein Kampf.


Stefan Kramer, the council's general secretary, said the internet had made him change his views. "It is very important that young people should see the critical version when they click on to Mein Kampf on the web," he said. The book has been available in translation and in countries outside Germany for decades.


Hitler wrote Mein Kampf (My Struggle) in 1924 while serving a four-year prison term. It contains his views on racial purity, his hatred of communists and Jewsand hints at his plans for the Holocaust.

Israeli Ambassador announces official support of NZ Children's Holocaust Memorial!

Posted by nzchmemorial on November 21, 2013 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

We were over-joyed and honoured to hear these words from Israel's Ambassador to New Zealand, 

"On behalf of the State of Israel it is my privilege to announce tonight that my government will also contribute towards the realization of this extremely important enterprise." 

Thank you Israel for your support - it is so heartening to know that our project reaches so far, and a real boost to those of us seeking to make the dream a reality. 

For more of the speech from Josef Livne check out our new "Speeches of Support" pages - under "More" on the header bar.

Support from around the Globe - JWire reports on our recent event.

Posted by nzchmemorial on November 21, 2013 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

‘The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler’, has been shown at the Victoria University Memorial Theatre in Wellington. New Zealand, to raise funds for a proposed New Zealand Children’s Holocaust Memorial to the 1.5 million children who perished as a consequence of Nazi persecution during the Holocaust.


osef Livne, Ambassador for Israel, Carol Ratnam event co-ordinator and volunteer at the NZ Holocaust Centre, Inge Woolf, Founding Director of NZ Holocaust Centre, David Zwartz Chair of the Wellington Jewish Regional Council and MC for the event.

Polish citizens have the world’s highest count of individuals awarded the status of Righteous Among the Nations – 6,394 (as of 1 January 2013) – over 25 percent of the total number of 24,811.


Wellington Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, Founding Director of NZ Holocaust Centre, Inge Woolf, Director of NZ Holocaust Centre, Simone Gigliotti


Irena Sendler

Irena Sendler was one of them. She saved 2,500 Jewish children mainly from the Warsaw Ghetto and then, with help from the resistance organisation, Zegato, provided each with false identity documents and a safe haven in a Polish home or institution.

Supported primarily by the Polish Embassy, who negotiated the free use of the film for the occasion, the Israeli Embassy, Victoria University International School and the New Zealand Holocaust Research and Education Centre, Temple Sinai and local businesses plus around 200 people who came to see it.

Carol Ratnam, who coordinated and arranged the evening, said the idea for a memorial to the children who perished in the Holocaust emanated from an initiative of the students and teachers at the then Moriah College.

“To get an idea of how big 1.5 million is, Moriah College decided to collect 1.5 million buttons – one button for each child that was killed,” she said. “The scale of this project was enormous. It took years to collect the buttons. Hours and hours of time had been spent collecting and counting the buttons.”

She said the community’s task is to build the Children’s Memorial as a reminder that we must make certain that all children reach their potential in a safe, secure, tolerant and compassionate world.

“When we do get to build the New Zealand Children’s Holocaust Memorial we will see that it is made up of 1.5 million buttons. Each button will be different and unique, like the children they represent,” she said.

The film was introduced by MP Paul Foster-Bell who spoke on behalf of Hon Chris Finlayson, Minister for Culture and Heritage, the Ambassador of Poland, Beata Stoczyńska, and the Ambassador of Israel, Yosef Livne.

Academy award actress Anna Paquin who played the title role in the film sent her good wishes for the success of the fundraiser. Anna said she “was deeply honoured to have the opportunity to portray Irena who refused to concede that her work made her some kind of hero and insisted that she was simply doing what any person should do in her situation.

If only more people had thought similarly.

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New Champion! Chava Pressburger

Posted by nzchmemorial on July 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

It is my pleasure to inform you that Chava Pressburger has become a supporter {“Champion”) of the New ZealandChildren’s Holocaust Memorial Project. Chava has presented us with a button from her family archive to symbolize her brother Petr Ginz, who'll you'll find more information on in our Education page.   We attach great importance to endorsement from such an illustrious Israeli renowned for keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive through her own art,  her revival of her brother’s  legacy and her closeties with Yad Vashem.


New Champion! Galicia Jewish Museum, Krakow

Posted by nzchmemorial on July 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

We are delighted to annouce that the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Poland, has joined our project as a "champion". The Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków, exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the Jewish culture ofPolish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective.  The Lonely Planet travel guide calls theGalicia Jewish Museum “Your first port of call” for visiting Jewish Kraków. TheEasyjet in-flight magazine lists the Museum as “Superb”, and Cracow Life – themost popular website for international tourists to Kraków – “A Masterpiece”.

As a uniquecontemporary arts venue and one of the most attractive cultural spaces inKraków, the GaliciaJewish Museum is one of Poland’s most visited Jewish museums, and a leadingcontributor to the preservation of Jewish life in Poland.  Since its opening in 2004, over 220,000people – Jewish and non-Jewish, Polish and international, adults, students,children and families – have visited the Museum. The Museum is a member of theAssociation of European Jewish Museums; the Association of Holocaust Organisations;the Federation of International Human Rights Museums; and the InternationalCouncil of Museums (ICOM).



Open Day Success!

Posted by nzchmemorial on June 3, 2013 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Caitlin Rutherford, aged 13, comments on her job as "button guide" during our recent open day:

On the 26th of April the holocaust center had an open day. My name is Caitlin and I am a former student of Moriah and one of the children who guided people around at the open day. Some other former students and I took the role of being “button guides”, touring people around the buttons and answering their questions.


It was fascinating to see other people's reactions to the buttons. As soon as they walked down to where we keep the buttons every person gasped or made some comment on how many there were, especially when you remind them that each one represents a child. It was inspiring to see people from all ages taking an interest in the button project. Most of the people were speechless and some couldn’t stop asking questions, either way I think all of them were touched.


I think the open day was an interesting day for everyone who came. It was an eye opener for me as well as them. We had a lot of donations and hopefully a few more to come. I think it was a great hit and I would gladly do it again.

Many thanks to Caitlin Rutherford, Benya Klapaukh, Ariel Rosenbaum and Sammy Allen who were our volunteer Button Guides, and to Kitty Hilton who helped set up the button display.

Our project makes international news!

Posted by nzchmemorial on June 3, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Our project leader was interviewed on Radio Prague 23.5.2013 (in the program Panorama) on the same topic, just click on the link below:

(or if necessary just copy the link into your browser's address area/URL-area) - or follow the link on our home page.  The interview also features as

an article which you can find at: ;

Norway celebrates her National Day, with a Children's Parade!

Posted by nzchmemorial on May 20, 2013 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Norway celebrates her National Day, the Constitution Day, on the 17 May. A very significant part of the celebrations are the Children’s Parade. No military parade takes place. All elementary school districts arrange their own parade with an abundance of flags and with marching bands between schools. Wherever there is an elementary school you will meet a parade. And if no band can play, they will sing and have a guitar or an accordion as an accompaniment. The capital Oslo has approximately 600 000 inhabitants, more than 55 000 pupils in the elementary school, and more than 14 000 of these have another mother tongue than Norwegian or Sami, (the language of the ingenious people of Norway) All together more than 68 different languages are represented in our schools. On our National day we are celebrating the children and the future with the Children’s parade. When back in 1983 a small Nazi group threatened to bomb the Children’s parade in Oslo – they specially threatened a school with many immigrant children – the school authorities and the school itself decided to participate in spite of the threat. Dozens of women and men who had participated in the Norwegian resistant movement during the Nazi German occupation 1940-45, formed a guard for all the 300 children from the targeted school – where 100 were children of immigrants. All the way along the route they were saluted. Nobody who was a spectator or participant in that parade will ever forget. The children are the future. Norway lost 451 children (born 1924 or later) because of the occupation, among these 88 were murdered in the Holocaust. When the Nazi murdered the children – Jews, Gypsies or civilians - in the occupied countries, they tried to destroy the future. But we will remember them and never stop the struggle for freedom and democracy, against Nazism and racism – whatever shape it takes or wherever it occurs. Aase R. D. Andreassen, Oslo