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Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre

South Africa, Johannesburg

A place of memory, education and lessons for humanity

The Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC) aims to raise awareness of the evils of genocide, with a particular focus on the Holocaust and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

This is the first Centre of its kind that brings together the stories of genocide across two continents. The Centre’s mission is to memorialise the victims of the Holocaust and those killed in Rwanda; teach about the consequences of prejudice, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and xenophobia; raise awareness of the evils of genocide; and warn against the dangers to freedom and democracy by keeping silent or being indifferent.


The Permanent Exhibition of the JHGC opened in March 2019, exploring the history of the Holocaust and genocide in the 20th century through a thematic lens. Visitors explore history and moral choices through the personal voices of various role players – victims, perpetrators, resisters, rescuers, bystanders and others. The exhibition urges visitors to reflect on lessons from these histories and apply them to their own lives. The exhibition includes collections of photos, testimonies, films, multi-media and unique artefacts from the Holocaust and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, with generous contributions from survivors and families based in Johannesburg.


The JHGC regularly hosts a diverse range of public events and temporary exhibitions on various topics related to genocide and human rights. Check out the events calendar to see upcoming films, lectures, commemorations and more.

Issy’s Coffee & Gift Shop provides delicious refreshments and unique local gifts for purchase.


1 Duncombe Rd, cnr Jan Smuts Ave, Forest Town

Opening & Closing Times:


Open: 9am-4.30pm on Weekdays and 9am-3pm on Sundays

Admission is free, donations always appreciated