Monthly Archives: October 2020

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van der Haar family accept the Righteous Among the Nations award

van der Haar family Righteous Among the Nations ceremony

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Thursday 22 October, the Israeli Embassy and Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies hosted a Righteous Among the Nations ceremony in Brisbane.

Guest speakers and special guests included His Excellency, Ambassador of Israel, Dr Tibor Shalev-Schlosser, Minister for Multicultural Affairs Stirling Hinchliffe, Lord Mayor of Brisbane Adrian Schrinner and the Lady Mayoress, Honorary Consul of Germany Michael Rosemann, Neal Quillinan, a Gandel Yad Vashem Scholar from All Hallows’ School, members of the van der Haar family, and Gokkes family via Zoom from Israel.

It was a truly memorable evening and you can watch the full ceremony exclusively on Australian Online News here.


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Qld Holocaust Museum and Education gets commitments from all three levels of government

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Queensland Holocaust Museum and Education Centre receives financial commitments from all three levels of government.

The establishment of the Queensland Holocaust Museum and Education Centre took a massive step toward becoming a reality with the announcement by Queensland Minister for Multicultural Affairs Stirling Hinchliffe (pictured above with Queensland survivor George Stein), that a re-elected Palaszczuk Government will commit $3.5m to the facility.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner (pictured below) also expressed his support and announced a commitment of $500,000 towards the museum.

The announcements were made at a special function on Thursday honouring the heroic efforts of a Dutch couple, who saved Jewish lives during the Holocaust.

Last month, the Morrison Government committed $3.5m to the facility, which was followed by a commitment by LNP leader Deb Frecklington that an elected LNP Government would match the $3.5m.

Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies Vice-President Jason Steinberg said the commitments from all three levels of government was wonderful news for the Jewish community, survivors and their families, as well as the entire state.

“We are so grateful to all our political leaders at a Federal, State and local level for their support of this project, which will become a legacy for all Queenslanders in learning about the Holocaust and other genocides,” Jason said.

“This initiative would not be possible without the commitments from Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Federal Education Minister Daniel Tehan, Senator Amanda Stoker, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick, Queensland Minister for Multicultural Affairs Stirling Hinchliffe, Queensland LNP leader Deb Frecklington, Queensland MP Steve Minnikin, and Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner.

“Our dream is that when it opens, the museum and education centre will provide a world-class learning in-person and on-line experience that will create a more just, tolerant society.”