The Melbourne Holocaust Museum (MHM) has officially opened with the new permanent exhibition Everybody Had a Name, a uniquely Melbourne perspective of the six million lives lost during the Holocaust, memorialised through individual stories.
The exhibition starts and ends with local survivor, Tuvia Lipson. But in between, visitors will encounter thousands of stories, most of which are from Melbourne’s survivor community. It honours the survivors who migrated to Melbourne and built a strong, beautiful community from the ashes of the Holocaust.
Also showing at the MHM, is the immersive youth focused exhibition Hidden: Seven Children Saved. At the heart of this permanent exhibition, MHM focuses on the experiences of seven children who all survived the Holocaust in hiding.
This significant opening marked the culmination of a 10-year design and planning exercise and more than a four-year construction phase. The building has already received an architecture award for its outstanding design by Kerstin Thompson Architects.
In addition to the two permanent exhibitions, visitors can experience the story of a survivor through Walk with Me: an immersive survivor testimony. Holocaust survivor John Szaja Chaskiel takes viewers to the sites of his incarceration and the streets of his hometown, with a VR experience it feels as if we’re walking right there beside him.
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