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Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre

South Africa, Johannesburg
Museums 

The Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC), in partnership with the City of Johannesburg, is scheduled to open its permanent Centre in April 2016. The Centre seeks to raise awareness of the evils of genocide with a particular focus on the Holocaust in Europe and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. It serves as a memorial to the six million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust, all victims of Nazi Germany, and the estimated 800 000 Tutsi victims of the genocide in Rwanda. This is the first museum of its kind that brings together the stories of genocide across two continents. ‘It is envisioned that the new Centre will be a vibrant place of learning, memory and lessons for humanity, where young and old, from all walks of life, come together to learn from the histories of genocide,’ said Director Tali Nates.

The Centre will also serve as a hub for educational programmes, addressing issues of prejudice, racism and xenophobia in all their manifestations, and their consequential dangers to freedom and democracy. The Centre will host numerous temporary exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, commemorations and other special events. It is through these activities that we hope to contribute to a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected.

The building, replete with architectural symbolism, was designed by renowned architect Lewis Levin, who says, ‘The passage from racial oppression to recovery and restoration was incorporated into the layout of the building. Our journey will take you into the darkest recesses of humanity but will end in a memorial courtyard that promises hope and revival.’ The Centre also has a resource centre, seminar rooms and a coffee shop.

Address:

1 Duncombe Rd, cnr Jan Smuts Ave, Forest Town

Opening & Closing Times:

Open: 9am-4pm on weekdays

Limited hours over weekends and public holidays (please call for details).

Entrance is free, donations welcome.