The Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre (JHGC) joins many great cities around the world with a world class exhibition for genocide remembrance.
This expertly curated exhibition explores the history of genocide in the 20th century with a focus on the case studies of the Holocaust and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Visitors explore history and moral choices through the voices of various role players – victims, perpetrators, resisters, rescuers and bystanders. The exhibition includes collections of photos, testimonies, poetry, art, multimedia, timelines and artefacts – with contributions from survivors and families based in Johannesburg. The exhibition urges visitors to reflect on lessons from history and connect them to their own lives.
The JHGC is an award-winning building that was completed in 2016 and after many intensive years of fundraising, planning and designing is now officially open to the public. The centre houses the permanent exhibition as well as a temporary exhibition space, the Hall of Light, which hosts various changing exhibitions. It has venues for workshops and public events, a memorial garden, a coffee and gift shop and resource centre which has an extensive collection of over 1500 books and DVDs related to the Holocaust and other genocides.
Guided tours are offered.