This uniquely curated exhibition explores 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.
Current Temporary Exhibitions
The German-Jewish Dilemma
The Story of the Hochfeld Family from the 18th Century until Today
Running until 31 March 2019
The exhibition explores the story of the Hochfeld family, from the 18th Century until the present. From their beginnings in the rural Jewish community of the Lippe region to becoming successful traders in the town of Lemgo, the exhibition reveals the challenges and achievements of Jewish families in small German towns. From the 1930s, with the rise of the Nazi Party, the Hochfeld family faced persecution and restrictions. While some members of the family were able to emigrate, others were deported to concentration camps and became victims of the Holocaust.
Letters of Stone
The Fate of a Jewish Family in Berlin
Running until 31 March 2019
This exhibition tells the story of the fate of the Jewish Robinski family, based on the research of Steven Robins. These “letters of stone” provide a quite personal view into the living conditions of Berlin Jews under the Nazi regime in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The letters reveal an everyday life fraught with fear, marginalization, and humiliation, though also marked by the hope of escape and the desire to lead a normal, everyday life as a family.
Holocaust & Genocide
This traveling version of our core exhibition, explores genocide and human rights, as well as the Holocaust and 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Featuring 34 panels of content created exclusively for the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre, as well as our educational programmes.
Killing the Other
Photojournalists Alon Skuy and James Oatway
The exhibition commemorates 10 years since the devastating May 2008 outbreak of xenophobic violence that swept through South Africa, leaving over 60 dead. "Killing the Other" documents the continued flare ups of xenophobic violence from 2008 up until the present day. The photographs form a visual documentation of the terrible, senseless brutality of xenophobia, and serve as both a reminder to never forget and a call to action to stop this from happening again.
In Whom Can I Still Trust?
South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation Redesigned and developed for South Africa, this exhibition makes use of archival photographs and personal testimonies to relate historical narratives to the prejudices still facing homosexuals today. The exhibition highlights the largely untold history of the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany. Additional panels highlight the progress made in ensuring the protection of sexual minorities in South Africa.
Germany’s Confrontation with the Holocaust in the Global Context
Leeds University (UK), SAHGF, UK National Holocaust Centre and Museum, Nottingham Trent University (UK), University of Free State (SA). This exhibition is the product of a year long Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) project led by Professor Stuart Taberner, investigating how Germany has come to terms with its past, and encouraging visitors to ask questions about how we remember the past. The exhibition focuses on Germany after 1945, but we hope that visitors will be able to make the exhibition relevant to the ways their own societies are facing up to other pasts – and presents – that may still be unresolved.
Janusz Korczak - Reformer of the World
South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation The exhibition tells the inspiring story of Janusz Korczak (1879-1942), the Polish-Jewish doctor, writer and educator, one of the world’s first advocates of children’s rights, who devoted his life to the needs and plight of children, regardless of nationality or religion.
Raoul Wallenberg – Man Amidst Inhumanity
South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation The exhibition tells the inspiring story of Raoul Wallenberg, an architect and businessman appointment to the Swedish diplomatic mission in Nazi-occupied Budapest in June 1944. He issued protective Swedish passports and through his efforts tens of thousands of Jews were saved from deportation to Nazi killing centres.