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
Objects from the Concentration Camps
A Photographic Exhibition by Richard Wiesel
6 October - 17 November 2019
The exhibition examines the personal objects left behind by Holocaust victims in the concentration camps of Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen, Germany. Photographed by Richard Wiesel and inspired by the stories of his cousin, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize writer Elie Wiesel, these images depict the various stages of life within the concentration camp system from entry, to daily existence, hope, to liberation. Dr. Robert Sommer researched each artefact back to its original owner enabling viewers to connect with the victims’ stories.
Selected from the closed archives of the two memorial sites, this stark and poignant imagery and text shares both stories of horror and hope during the years of the camps’ existence.
Registered, Persecuted, Annihilated:
The sick and disabled under National Socialism
Opens 21 November 2019
Between 1933 and 1945, up to 400,000 people were sterilised against their will, and more than 200,000 were murdered in mental hospitals and institutions - victims of Nazi persecution and considered a burden on the German nation.
This exhibition looks at the exclusion, persecution, and extermination of "peculiar", "disturbing" and "ill" people, which took place within the institutional and hospital systems by the very people who were meant to be protecting the vulnerable.
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.