AHMSEC Project Background
Now in his eighties, Andrew has established a foundation, Remember the Holocaust Compassion for All with a goal to raise funds for the development of the Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Steiner Education Centre.
With a very small South Australian Jewish community of approximately 1,200, it was clear that support for this project would be needed from Jewish communities in larger Australian centres as well as philanthropic funding organisations.
An initial grant from the Jakob Frenkiel Trust enabled the part-time employment of a Project Manager to manage the development stages of the project from the capital campaign through to the completion of the design and fit-out process. The museum and education centre will officially open in 2020.
A significant early boost to the project came from the long-term relationship Andrew has had with the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide from joint Jewish / Catholic community commemorative events for Kristallnacht and the Remembrance of the Shoah annual services. An in-kind offer was made for a 15 year + lease of 3 ground floor areas of Fennescey House, 31-33 Wakefield St, Adelaide in the heart of the Adelaide CBD to house the Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Steiner Education Centre (AHMSEC).
A capital campaign commenced in March 2017 with a generous pledge from Gandel Philanthropy, that in turn attracted numerous other philanthropic and private donors, with the funding goal for the museum fit-out achieved in June 2019. With the curation process now completed AHMSEC is now fully engaged in developing the design and fit-out of what will be the museum’s thres gallery spaces.
Donations can still be made to AHMSEC and your ontribution will allow us to provide Holocaust education for a complex, changing world. With a focus on visual and audio experiential learning with survivor stories at the heart of the education and museum experience, AHMSEC will advance efforts to encourage respect and compassion for all, helping to shape how younger generations and the wider community understand the history of the Holocaust and their role in society.