Adelaide’s new Holocaust Museum and Andrew Steiner Education Centre has opened in Adelaide Archdiocese’s historic Fennescey House. Source: The Southern Cross.
The launch event, held outdoors in Mary MacKillop Plaza under strict COVID-19 protocols, included addresses from South Australian Governor Hieu Van Le, Israel's Ambassador to Australia Tibor Shalev Schlosser, Adelaide Archbishop Patrick O’Regan, SA Education Minister John Gardiner, philanthropist Stephen Gandel, Holocaust survivor Andrew Steiner and musuem board chair Nicola Zuckerman.
Ms Zuckerman described the new museum as possibly the first Holocaust museum in the world to be partnered by the Church.
A welcome to country and traditional smoking ceremony by John Lochowiak from Aboriginal Catholic Ministry had a moving twist when John explained that his Polish immigrant father had been in a concentration camp in Poland.
The opening was held on November 9, the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass, when synagogues in Germany were torched and Jewish homes and businesses vandalised.
Mr Steiner said he was “deeply humbled” to see his dream become a reality and stressed that “the responsibility of remembrance belongs to us all”.
“The Holocaust is the most researched historical event yet it still remains inexplicable and beyond comprehension, how could the Holocaust happen?” he asked.
“It happened because it was allowed to happen, significantly appeasement and indifference were major contributing factors. Almost all the world leaders were silent and indifferent. Their silence was seen as tacit approval, being unopposed gave the Nazis unlimited, absolute power to unleash the depravity, hatred and industrialised brutal murder.”
A night to remember (The Southern Cross)