AHMSEC Project Background

Captured Jews are led by Waffen SS soldiers to Umschlagplatz, May 1943

For 26 years, Andrew Steiner OAM has committed to and self-funded an outreach education program for South Australian public and private secondary schools and tertiary institutions teaching about the history of the Holocaust and his own story of survival and the lessons that can be drawn from that horrific event and that have relevance in our modern world.

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.

Accordingly, an initial grant from the Jakob Frenkiel Trust enabled the part-time employment of a Project Manager to manage all stages of the project from the capital campaign through to the completion and official opening of the physical and online museum and education centre in 2019.

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).

Now the project is looking for donors to assist with funding the fit out of the museum and education centre and curation of the permanent Holocaust exhibition.

Your generous donation will help secure the development of the AHMSEC and 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, the 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.