Queensland’s first Holocaust museum, in the heart of Brisbane’s Catholic cathedral precinct, was officially unveiled on Friday. Source: Brisbane Archdiocese.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk joined Queensland Holocaust Museum and Education Centre chair Jason Steinberg, Holocaust survivors and Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge to officially inspect the museum, which will open to the public from July 11.
The centre honours the legacy of those who faced human rights abuse and genocide and aims to inform and inspire Queenslanders to stand up to all forms of racism and prejudice.
It features recorded stories of Holocaust survivors and their families, living in Queensland, as well as tributes to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jewish people, including those awarded the prestigious “Righteous Among Nations” honour.
An online museum capability will soon be available, and a unique mobile facility is being developed to travel throughout the state to ensure all Queenslanders have access to the valuable resources available through the centre.
Mr Steinberg said it was the responsibility of all Queenslanders to ensure that the Holocaust is never forgotten.
“At our museum, visitors will hear first-hand filmed testimonies from Queensland survivors who tell their stories about life before, during and after the Holocaust,” he said.
Archbishop Coleridge welcomed the civic and cultural partnership which now allows people such as Peter Baruch, a survivor from Poland, and Sue Smee, a survivor from Hungary, to share their stories with younger generations.
“It is an honour to join with the Jewish community in this inter-religious partnership that promotes remembrance and understanding,” Archbishop Coleridge said.
“The partnership sends a strong signal that we are all sisters and brothers in a world which desperately needs to build bridges not walls, to choose peace not violence.”
Holocaust museum opens in St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct (The Catholic Leader)