Release type: Joint Media Release


New Canberra memorial to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day


The Hon Alan Tudge MP
Minister for Education and Youth
Andrew Barr MLA
ACT Chief Minister

The Morrison Government is providing up to $750,000 towards the establishment of the Canberra Holocaust Museum and Education Centre, to continue to educate Australians about this dark chapter in world history.

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge announced the funding as part of commemorations for International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“Today marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp and we pay tribute to those who lost their lives and families,” Minister Tudge said.

“This new memorial will allow Australian students, teachers and the wider community to better understand the Holocaust and its impact on our world.

“Our government has committed funding, in partnership with respective state governments for the construction of similar centres in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia. 

“Holocaust education is an important subject that all students should learn. This centre will help facilitate this.”

ACT Chief Minister, Andrew Barr said “Establishing a permanent Holocaust museum and education centre in ACT to continue educating our community about the Holocaust, the roots of prejudice and the ongoing need to maintain a respectful multicultural society is a worth project.”

“The ACT Government looks forward to supporting the ACT Jewish community with a financial and in-kind contribution towards the project as it develops and progresses over the coming year.”

President of the ACT Jewish Community, Veronica Leydman, said “I’m very grateful for this significant funding contribution from the Federal and Territory Governments, which will enable us to continue and expand our important work in Holocaust education. Such education plays a critically important role in protecting Australia’s democratic and multicultural values”.