Holocaust Memorial Exhibition launches in New Zealand
The Children’s Holocaust Memorial will be officially launched at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington on 15
The Memorial honours the 1.5 million children killed during the Holocaust (including children related to New Zealand’s
own Holocaust survivors and refugees).
The Memorial is the first of its kind in the world, taking the simple everyday button as an icon – chosen by the then
Principal of the Moriah Jewish Day School in Wellington in an effort to communicate to her students the enormity of the
number of children killed. Over 1 million buttons have been collected from around New Zealand and internationally to
symbolise the 1.5 million innocent lives lost.
The majority of the buttons will be contained in a truly unique design and installation by Matthijs Siljee of Massey
University’s School of Design. Other key elements of the Memorial include an interactive educational section -
especially relevant for schoolchildren - and a reflective reading space with a selection of books from the National
Library’s substantial Holocaust collection.
“The Children’s Holocaust Memorial represents the culmination of many years work, especially the passion and dedication
of a number of our Holocaust Survivors. The enduring lesson of the Holocaust for New Zealanders is a preparedness to
stand up to discrimination and prejudice and the violation of human rights…in essence, to be an upstander not bystander”
says Jeremy Smith, Chair of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.
“We’re honoured to host the Children’s Holocaust Memorial at the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o
Aotearoa. This powerful and moving memorial reinforces the importance of reading to build a better understanding of our
history,” says Bill Macnaught National Librarian.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a programme of public events including social justice-themed panel discussions and
presentations will be held at the National Library of New Zealand during the Memorial’s residency.
Children’s Holocaust Memorial – Social Justice Speakers Programme
Forum 1: The Refugee Experience in New Zealand: Two Unique Perspectives
5 December, 2018.
Moderator: Tracey Barnett, Journalist & Former Executive Member
Refugee Council of New Zealand
Speakers Ibrahim Omer, Chair - Changemakers Refugee Forum
Inge Wolf, Co-Founder - Holocaust Centre of New Zealand
Forum 2: Challenging Discrimination & Prejudice in Aotearoa: What It Means to Stand Up
20 February, 2019.
Moderator: Dianne Davis, Deputy Chair - Holocaust Centre of New Zealand
Panellists: Peter Fa’afiu, Chair - Amnesty International New Zealand
Louisa Wall, Member of Parliament for Manurewa
Deborah Hart, Panel Member - Human Rights Review Tribunal;
Executive Director – Arbitrators & Mediators Institute of NZ
Forum 3: Disability Rights: Historic & Contemporary Views
13 March, 2019.
Moderator: Dr Hilary Stace, Health Services Research Centre - Victoria University of Wellington
Panellists: Paula Tesoriero, Disability Rights Commissioner - Human Rights Commission
Grace Stratton, Disability Youth Advocate
Chris Harris, National Director of Education - Holocaust Centre of New Zealand
The Memorial will be at the National Library from 16 November 2018 to 29 March 2019. After Wellington, it will then
travel to the new Public Library in Christchurch and on to Auckland.
The Children’s Holocaust Memorial is an initiative of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.