Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published November 10th 2020
I was given an opportunity to visit the Adelaide Holocaust Museum & Steiner Education Centre a few days prior to their doors being opened to the public for the first time on the 17th of November. After a few minutes inside, I realised that it was not going to be an easy experience but also realised that this museum and education centre is a place where you can be amazed and inspired by human perseverance and faith during the darkest of times.
photo of Jewish civilians captured by German troops is İUS National Archives/Alamy Stock Photos
The Museum and Education Centre commemorates the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust in the Second World War.
The impact on those who view the video stories, the photos and the videos will be significant. The exhibition content has been skillfully curated - it is shocking, educational and touching. What you see will make you think. A lot.
25 of the photos on the wall are courtesy of Vad Yashem (public domain)
There's an immense amount of information to take in. The material within demands that you stop and reflect on what you've seen, which was most difficult to do when faced with such horror. I felt a bit shattered when stepping back out onto Wakefield Street - the stories and pictures were swirling in my head. Processing the Holocaust can't be rushed so I am already planning a trip back into the museum to spend more time wandering the exhibits.
Holocaust Museum, Adelaide (photo by Paula McManus)
Within the Museum is a poignant reminder that people have suffered and are still suffering in countries all over the world since the Holocaust. Humanity's promise to never stand silent to injustice has been broken so many times since the end of WWII. So, how do we change the future?
The Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Andrew Steiner Education Centre will provide an in-house Education Programme for secondary students in years 10 to 12 and tertiary students across the Adelaide metropolitan area. The Education Programme will enhance students' understanding of Holocaust history as they study it as part of the Australian Curriculum.
The Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Steiner Education Centre is located within Fennescey House at 33 Wakefield Street in the city. It is next door to St Francis Xavier's Catholic Cathedral and is an easy walk from the tram at Victoria Square. Bus stop U1 is directly outside the front door and Gawler Place is just across the road. Disabled access is via a request button, located on the wall just west of the main door.
Adelaide Holocaust Museum & Steiner Education Centre (İpaula mcmanus)