Jewish Holocaust Center

History

The Jewish Holocaust Centre is an institution dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945. We consider the finest memorial to all victims of racist policies to be an educational program which aims to combat anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice in the community and foster understanding between people. The Jewish Holocaust Centre was the fulfilment of a vision by Melbourne Holocaust survivors to create a memorial to the millions of Jews who were murdered between 1933 and 1945. The Centre was established under the patronage of Yad Vashem, Jerusalem and, from its humble beginnings in 1984, has grown to become an active and internationally-recognised institution dedicated to combating racism, hatred and prejudice by fostering tolerance and understanding. The Centre was founded without large government or other grants, relying on the generous donation of time, materials and money from Holocaust survivors, their families and other supporters. Following a generous donation from the late Mina Fink in memory of her late husband, Leo Fink, an old double-story building (a former dance school) was purchased and subsequently turned into a space suitable for housing exhibitions and a library.

Archival and Other Holdings

Our new museum space and exhibition was the culmination of work undertaken by the Collections and Curatorial Department with support from the other departments at the Centre and the wider community. Outstanding community support has allowed us to collect and exhibit priceless artefacts from the Holocaust period using the most cutting-edge technologies. This department coordinates the receipt and safekeeping of more than 1,300 testimonies predominantly from survivors from the Polish, German, Czech, Dutch, Russian, Hungarian, Austrian, French and Greek communities of Europe who have now settled in Australia.

Opening Times

Sunday: 12pm - 4pm Monday: 10am - 4pm Tuesday: 10am - 4pm Wednesday: 10am - 4pm Thursday: 10am - 4pm Friday: 10am - 3pm

Closed Saturday, some Public Holidays and Jewish Holy Days

Conditions of Access

Getting There If you are driving to the Centre, please click here to view a map , or you can find us at Melways Ref: 67 F3

Public Transport Tram and train services provide transport to nearby Glenhuntly Road, which is only a two minute walk to the Centre. Timetable details can be obtained from Metlink by calling 131 638 or via : www.metlinkmelbourne.com. Train – Sandringham Line service from the City Alight at Elsternwick Station, which is approximately two minutes walk to the Centre. Travel time from the City (Flinders Street Railway station) is about 14 minutes. Tram – Number 67 from the City to Glenhuntly Alight at stop number 44. Approximate travel time from the City (Melbourne Town Hall) is about 30 minutes

Accessibility

Wheelchair and lift access is available and a toilet for the disabled is located on the lower ground floor. Parking for the disabled is available in Selwyn Street. Visitors can contact the Centre to discuss any special needs they have before their visit.