2023 at the Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre

Paul Salmons

The end of Covid restrictions led to the resumption of in-person public events at the Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre (CTHGC). Since then, we’ve hosted a wonderful selection of events, and have been delighted to see an influx of both new and familiar faces at the Centre! 

As we look ahead to a busy and meaningful year at the CTHGC, we thank you for your continued support, and invite you to join us at our upcoming in-person events, screenings and exhibition openings.

The year thus far: 

In January we hosted pre-eminent Holocaust educator and curator Paul Salmons from the UK, who spoke about the significance of everyday objects such as shoes, suitcases, and spectacles — objects that are among the last remnants of victims of the Holocaust. Each has a unique story to tell. Paul shared stories of the artifacts that touched him most deeply and explored what meaning they hold for us today. 

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust was marked with a moving ceremony that included candle-lighting with our beloved survivors and their families, and a message from the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. Following the ceremony, we screened Questo è un uomo (This is a Man), directed by Marco Turco, a docufiction of the life of Primo Levi, an Italian chemist, writer, and Holocaust survivor who recounted in his writings the horror of the death camps and the incomprehensible tragedy of the Shoah.

We were honoured to host genocide scholar Dr. Nicole Fox, who delivered a lecture on her book After Genocide: Memory and Reconciliation in Rwanda (2021). Her book explores the ways in which memorials can affect and shape the experiences of survivors of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, decades after mass violence has ended. Dr. Fox investigates how memorialisation can both heal and hurt, especially when certain memorials fail to fully represent all genders, ethnicities, and classes of those affected.

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