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The Durban Holocaust Centre, together with Facing History and Ourselves, held a teacher training workshop at Durban High School on Friday 2nd September 2016.

Led by Roy Hellenberg, Deputy Principal of Durban High School, and Janine Hamilton, Educator at the Durban Holocaust Centre, over 30 teachers from around KwaZulu-Natal spent a powerful morning examining the role of the individual in society and our capacity to create change through education. We were privileged to have Denis Goldberg, Rivonia Treason Trialist and anti-apartheid sturggle leader, with us for the morning as our guest speaker.

These young Grade 9 students are having a break after having had a tour through the Holocaust Centre before going into a workshop addressing the lessons to be learnt from the Holocaust in contemporary society.

'Zuzana Pavlovska: The life of survivors and the Jewish community in Czechoslovakia after 1945'

Zuzana Pavlovska, Head of the Education and Culture Department at the Jewish Museum in Prague, was the guest of the DHC on Wednesday June 1st. In partnership with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in South Africa, she delivered the fascinating lecture entitled 'The life of survivors and the Jewish community in Czechoslovakia after 1945'.

Based on oral testimony of witnesses living in the Czech Republic today, the lecture deals with the return of Jewish survivors to their homeland, the former protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, after World War 2. It will examine the problems faced by survivors on their return, detailing the lives of those who stayed and those who moved to the newly created State of Israel and how the Jewish community functioned at the beginning of the communist era in Czechoslovakia.

Zuzana Pavlovska's presentation was accompanied by the exhibition 'Don't Lose Faith in Mankind'. This travelling exhibition and educational project features the lives and fate of six Jewish children in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia during WW2 showing aspects of Jewish life from the perspective of young people of the day.

Zuzana Pavlovska, Head of Education Department, Jewish Museum in Prague, with Michal Palecek, Financial Attache, and Anna Sykova, Head of Consular and Culture Department at the Embassy of the Czech Republic based in Pretoria standing in front of the exhibition titled "Don't Lose Faith in Mankind" which was on display while our guests were in town.

Zuzana Pavlovska with the DHC guides explaining her exhibition.

Anat Michaeli, niece of Hugo Marom who was one of the Czech children saved by Sir Nicolas Winton, with Zuzana Pavlovska.

Zuzana Pavlovsky from the Jewish Museum in Prague with Udo Averweg, Anna Sykova, Head of Consular and Culture Department at the Embassy of the Czech Republic based in Pretoria and Maureen Caminsky from the Durban Holocaust Centre.

'Premier exhibition opening of 'Eva's Story: The Promise''

On Wednesday evening April 13th, the DHC held a very special event for the premier launch of the traveling exhibition 'Eva's Story: The Promise'.

We were privileged to have the remarkable Eva Schloss, Holocaust survivor and the step-sister of Anne Frank, as our guest of honour to officially open the exhibition which tells the story of her family's experiences during the Holocaust.

It was a truly poignant moment when Eva first saw the completed exhibit,dedicated to the memory of her beloved brother Heinz who perished during the Holocaust. During the launch messages were given by DHC Director Mary Kluk, who had championed the creation of the exhibition, and Richard Freedman, Director of the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation. Eva then shared her family's story with the spellbound audience, expressing her hope that the exhibition would teach people the dangers of discrimination and the need to treat refugees with kindness and dignity. Seeing Heinz's incredible artwork and poetry featured in the exhibition as a dream come true for 86 year-old Eva, who felt she had now kept her promise to Heinz that his life, and all the innocent victims of the Holocaust, would be remembered.

The DHC team would like to thank all our friends for the incredible support shown for the exhibition launch and Eva's visit.

The exhibition will run at at the DHC until July, where it will then move to Johannesburg and Cape Town. Plans are underway to raise funds to send the exhibition overseas.

'The Future of Jewish Memory in Central Europe' - 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht at the DHC

Ronald Lazarus and Mary Kluk with special guest Edward Serrota and Judge Alan Magid at the DHC

Mary Kluk and Edward Serrota

Pinchas Gutter and the Hologram Project

On Monday August 31st, the DHC hosted a special breakfast in honour of Pinchas and his wife Dorothy, where Pinchas shared more poignant stories of his survival as well as a first-hand account of an extraordinary project which promises to, years from now and after the last Holocaust survivor has passed on, enable people to listen to a survivor and ask their questions directly.

Pinchas was used as the survivor in the New Dimensions in Testimony Project, part of the Shoah Foundation in the United States, where hologram technology preserves personal histories for future generations.

'Political, Polish Jew: The Story of Pinchas Gutter'

The DHC was privileged to screen the documentary 'Political, Polish Jew: The Story of Pinchas Gutter' on Sunday 30th August with special guests Pinchas and Dorothy Gutter in attendance.

Santa's Story comes to Durban!

The DHC was proud to host the fabulous Opera Diva Aviva Pelham's spectacular performance of her acclaimed one-woman show as the feature of our fundraising event on August 15th 2015.

'Santa's Story' is based on the memoir of 90 year old Santa Pelham, brought to life by her daughter, and detailing her journey through Europe to Africa. The performance was held at the Loft Theatre at the Durban Playhouse and was followed by decadent refreshments. The evening was a sold-out success!

'Plungyan: A Liithuanian Shtetl'

On Thursday July 23rd the DHC hosted a fascinating illustrated lecture and art exhibit entitled 'Plungyan: A Lithuanian Shtetl'.

Abel and Glenda Levitt, originally from Cape Town but currently living in Kfar Sava in Israel, shared their journey of discovery and commitment to Holocaust memory and education with a packed audience.

In 1998 Abel and Glenda made their first visit to Lithuania and the village of Plunge where Abel knew that his father's brothers, sisters and their families together with his grandmother had been murdered in the Shoah. Since that first visit 17 years ago and about 20 subsequent visits, Abel and Glenda have been involved in memory and education in the small Lithuanian town of Plunge/ Plungyan. The amazing power point art exhibition they presented was the work of non-Jewish *Lithuanian* High School children which highlighted their sensitive grasp and understanding of events during that tragic period of history.

The audience, many of whom had close family connections to similar Lithuanian shtetls, were engrossed in the presentation and afterwards had a chance to engage with the presenters and each other, sharing family connections and recounting their own stories and ties to Lithuania. One of our guests that evening, Bernice Letschert, shared with us that her late husband Peter's family hailed from Plungyan.

Our guests Abel and Glenda Levitt with Maureen Caminsky and Mary Kluk of the DHC.

Bernice Letschert with Mary Kluk. Bernice's late husband Peter's family hailed from Plungyan.

Issy and Denise Movson with Lynn Matisonn.

Workshop on the exhibition 'Germany's Confrontation with the Holocaust in the Global Context

Visiting schools have recently had the unique opportunity of participating in a special workshop around our latest international exhibition entitled 'Germany's Confrontation with the Holocaust in the Global Context'.

The exhibition focuses on Germany's process of recovery and reconciliation after the Holocaust, a topic often overlooked but vital to understanding Germany as a country today. Germany's confrontation with its dark past is especially relevant to South Africa today as we continue to come to terms with our own painful history.

Our current intern, Daniela Wegrostek, is a student of one of the creators of the exhibition at Leeds University and is actively involved in incorporating the exhibition in the educational programme for schools visiting the DHC.

"We have had such a wonderful response from the schools that have engaged with it; not just from the teacher's, who have all found it to be extremely relevant", says Daniela, "but also from the students, who have independently bought up and thought about issues such as memorialisation and xenophobia in South Africa when discussing this exhibition with me".

Learners from Pietermaritzburg Girls' High School and Mount Richmore recently viewed our exhibition

Visit from Clifton College to the DHC 2015

Articles - Memory in a time of forgetting

Our recent exhibition launch was featured in the Sunday Tribune newspaper.

A wonderful letter about a recent visit to our Centre appeared in Mercury newspaper.

Germany's Confrontation with the Holocaust in the Global Context

On Thursday April 16th, the Durban Holocaust Centre was proud to launch its latest international exhibition 'Germany's Confrontation with the Holocaust in the Global Context'

The exhibition focuses on Germany's process of recovery and reconciliation after the Holocaust, a topic often overlooked but vital to understanding Germany as a country today. Germany's confrontation with its dark past is especially relevant to South Africa today as we continue to come to terms with our own painful history.

We were privileged to have not only the German Ambassador His Excellency Dr Freitag and Dr Victoria Nesfield, one of the creators of the exhibition based at the University of Leeds, in attendance as our special guests but also Holocaust survivor and one of the children rescued by Englishman Sir Nicholas Winton, Hugo Marom.

Tomi Reichtental 'I Was A Boy In Belsen'

On Thursday March 5th, the DHC was privileged to have the increasingly rare opportunity of hearing survivor testimony in person as Tomi Reichental shared his remarkable story with us.

DHC Trustee Sidney Lazarus with DHC Director Mary Kluk and Tomi Reichental

Tomi Reichental with Holocaust survivor and DHC volunteer guide Carmela Heilbron

UN International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust 2015

This year's United Nations 'International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust' on January 27th was especially poignant as it marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

The DHC held a special event in our upstairs seminar room where a full capacity crowd took part in a moving ceremony to honour those who perished; watched an emotional film on the personal stories of local survivors; and heard a fascinating lecture by our international guest speaker Yiftach Ashkenazy.

Maureen Caminsky and Holocaust survivor Carmela Heilbron light candles in the memory of those who perished

Yiftach Ashkenazy from Yad Vashem addresses the audience

Yiftach Ashkenazy with DHC Director Mary Kluk

Peace-building Program

We were delighted to have a group of PhD students from the Department of Public Management at the Durban University of Technology, who are currently participating in a peace-building program, visit the DHC this week.

Karski & The Lords of Humanity

On Thursday February 5th the DHC was treated to a screening of the superb film, 'Karski & The Lords of Humanity'. The film tells the story of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish underground, who made it his mission to inform the Allied powers of Nazi crimes against European Jews in an effort to prevent the Holocaust.

The audience was not only privileged to have a pre-release viewing of this remarkable film, an unusual mix of archive interview footage with Jan Karski himself weaved together with ground-breaking animation, but also had the opportunity to interact with the film's director Slawomir Grunberg and his wife, the film's writer Katka Rezske.

Katka Rezske and Slawomir Grunberg with DHC Director Mary Kluk

The Democracy Development Program (DDP)

The Democracy Development Program (DDP) visited our exhibit and participated in our workshop. The DDP is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation that supports capacity building on governance and civil society levels to ensure that both are empowered for meaningful participation in South Africa's social transformation.

The Circle Café and DHC Gift Shop

The Circle Café continues to receive rave reviews in the press, even cracking Frank Chemaly's article on '20 Foodie Things To Do In Durban' as the best cheesecake in town, and is often booked out for private functions.

Our DHC Gift Shop has an exciting array of new stock and we are offering our very popular personalized gift baskets which can be made to order according to your budget and come beautifully wrapped.

All proceeds from The Circle Café and the DHC Gift Shop go towards our educational programmes.

*Follow The Circle Café on Twitter @CircleCafeDBN and on Facebook at for all our news, sales and specials*

School Groups Photos

Schools that have visited the DHC recently include Kearsney College, Northlands Primary School, Thomas More College and the Drakensberg Boys Choir.

Visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

DHC Director Mary Kluk visited Washington D.C. in May where she spent a day at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Whilst there, she was privileged to meet with Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield, who was interested to learn more about the work of our Centre and the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation. Blumfield has led the USHMM for over a decade, working to build a global institution that raises Holocaust awareness and advances genocide prevention.

The South African Freelancers Association

Together with The Circle Café, we were delighted to be the venue for the April meeting of the South African Freelancers Association's KwaZulu-Natal Chapter. Thank you for spending the morning with us SAFREA!

Photograph by Journalist Sheetal Schneider Cross

A fascinating morning with French expert Johann Chapoutot.

Our volunteers guides spent a fascinating morning recently with French expert Johann Chapoutot. Dr Chapoutot related ways in which his talk at the DHC on 'Ideology and Crime in the Third Reich' could be applied to our learner workshops.

Sunday Tribune - Lead SA Hero

We are thrilled that our Centre was mentioned in the LeadSA Hero article in the Sunday tribune that featured one of our team members, Alana Baranov.

Click here to download article in PDF

Drakensberg Boys Choir School

The Drakensberg Boys Choir recently spent a morning at the DHC. The learners serenaded our guides and volunteers with a memorable and moving 'thank you' song.

Seen at the DHC

Consul Honoraire de France, Marc Schmidt, together with Sarah Dignon (far left), the Director of Alliance Franciase de Durban, and Elizabeth Barbier (right), the French Ambassador, met with DHC Director Mary Kluk and viewed our exhibition.

Justine Laymond, double lung transplantee, spent the day at the DHC when she was in Durban recently competing in the World Transplant Games 2013.

Holocaust Survivors Carmela Heilbron (left), Rena Quint (centre) and Jack Puterman (left) at Yom hashaoh 2013. Survivor Rena Quint spoke in Durban on her experiences as a child during the Holocaust and how she became a 'child of many mothers' in the concentration camps

Volunteers Tea in the Sukkah 2013

On a sunny Wednesday 25th of September the DHC held a delicious 'Tea in the Sukkah' for all our active guides and volunteers.

The morning was a small token of our deep gratitude to all the hard-working individuals who have given freely of their time and energy, sometimes at only a moment's notice, to assist us in the running of the Durban Holocaust Centre.

August Hashalom

Illustrious guests

Ambassador Avner and Rabbi Glickman paid us a visit on Thursday 20 June - an honour indeed!

Bev Bancroft, daughter of Werner Rouner, one of the children who featured in "The Children of Chabannes" which was screened at the DHC on Wednesday 3 July 2013

In Whom Can I Still Trust

A ground-breaking exhibition based on archive photographs, personal testimonies and video clips which all relate the historical narrative of the prejudices faced by homosexuals during the Holocaust and today. The exhibition was on display at the DHC during May 2013.

In Whom Can I Still Trust? AN exhibition like no other

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The TimeKeepers performed in Durban.


Paragraph 175 with Dr Klaus Mueller.


'International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust - Rescuers: The Courage to Care' with guest speaker Paul Goldreich.


We were recently visited by the Drakensberg Boys Choir who had a wonderful morning visiting our centre and sang us a few songs as a thank you to the DHC.

The DHC's special fundraiser evening with Rabbi Lapin was an outstanding success!

The committee for the function were (from left) Maureen Caminsky, Moira Kasher, Andy Bernstein, Michelle Nathan, Mary Kluk and Yiota Christodoulou.

April 18th saw the commemoration of Yom HaShoa with the Council of KwaZulu Natal Jewry. John Dobai, a Hungarian Jew who was saved during the Holocaust by Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, was the guest speaker.

Mary Kluk with guest speaker John Dobai

Director of the Durban Holocaust Centre and Chairman of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies, Mary Kluk, (left) with Holocaust survivor John Dobai (centre) and President of the Council of KwaZulu-Natal Jewry David Simpson (right).

From left: Linda Berman, Katherine Maree, Zoe Dube, Delia Maree and Mdu Ntuli

Educator Mdu Ntuli with a school group from Maris Stella

Educator Janine Hamilton with a school group from Maris Stella

One of our wonderful volunteers with the Maris Stella school group

Alana Baranov and Mdu Ntuli take a pebble from the end of our exhibition to be placed at the Children's Memorial

The opening of the recent Anne Frank Exhibition

Mary Kluk, Director DHC with Mr JanErik Dubbelman, Director International Department Anne Frank Hse

Learners from the Fulton School for the Deaf visited the DHC

KZN Educators Workshop conducted by Ms Marlene Silbert and Ms Tracey Peterson, CTHC

A visitor studies a Darfur Children’s Art Exhibition which was on display at the Centre.
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