The Morrison Government is providing $3.5 million to support the establishment of a Holocaust Museum and Education Centre in Queensland.
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Holocaust Museum would allow students, teachers and adults to understand and study the Holocaust and hear eyewitness accounts from survivors.
"It is critical that people of all ages, and particularly our young people, learn about this dark period in world history,” Mr Tehan said.
“The Holocaust Museum will allow for the collection and preservation of historic objects relating to the Holocaust, and highlight the impact of racism in a historical and current context.
“The Holocaust Museum would ensure generations of Queenslanders can learn about the past to prevent discrimination and prejudice in the future.”
Senator for Queensland Amanda Stoker said the Museum would add to community harmony, strengthening multicultural ties in Queensland.
“It is said that those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it. With this investment, the Morrison Government is making sure the horror of the Holocaust never happens again,” Senator Stoker said.
“With the support of Queensland’s Jewish community and its Holocaust survivors, we will be able to help young Queenslanders understand this awful chapter in history and enhance our tolerance as a community.”
Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies Vice-President Jason Steinberg said today’s announcement was historic and meant that Queensland could now join the ranks of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, who all have permanent Holocaust museums and education centres.
“This amazing support from the Australian Government means there will be a permanent home to remember the Holocaust and honour the six million Jews and five million from other minorities who were murdered,” Mr Steinberg said.
“All Queenslanders and visitors will have the opportunity to be educated on the devastating and detrimental effects of racism and discrimination. It will empower individuals to stand up against hatred and prejudice, with the aim of preventing such violence and marginalisation from happening again.
“This centre will support and nurture a more tolerant Queensland – now and in the future.”