A new cultural attraction for learning and remembrance, the Holocaust & Genocide Centre, opened its doors in Johannesburg today.  It delves into the history of genocide in the world during the 20th century with a specific focus on the Jewish holocaust following World War II and the genocide that rocked Rwanda in 1994.

Sylvestre Sendacyeye, a Rwanda genocide survivor, and Veronica Phillips, a Holocaust survivor, share their stories.

The Centre houses a permanent exhibition but also has temporary exhibition areas for various changing exhibits. It also includes a number of spaces for workshops and other public events, a memorial garden as well as a coffee and gift shop.

Visitors attend the opening of the permanent exhibition on genocides at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre

Described as a place of learning for people of all ages and backgrounds, the Centre aims to educate the public through its wide collection of over 1500 books and videos, on the consequences of prejudice, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, as well as the dangers of apathy and silence.  Special programmes including events, films, plays, lectures and more are also available for schools, teachers, NGOs and corporate entities.

It is a place where people can gain knowledge, share their stories, and experience thought-provoking films, exhibitions and lectures.