Melbourne Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced that the city’s Holocaust museum will receive additional funding from the federal government, as well as another key institution, a children’s specialist education school, for improved furniture for school classroom and services.
Specifically, the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Elsternwick, in Southeastern Melbourne, will receive $10 million to improve and add to the current exhibitions, which currently sit at 13,000 testimonies from local Holocaust survivors, as well as 20,000 artefacts.
The museum is the first of its kind in Australia, and sees about 23,000 Victorian students visit it annually. Museum Director Jayne Josem states that this new funding would go towards improving the museum’s capacity, to about double that of the current number.
Ms. Josem says that the additional funding will allow the museum to develop more resources to help educators in the area address the challenges that surround teaching such a controversial subject, in order to assure that students learn about the Holocaust both accurately and safely.
On top of that, Mr. Frydenberg also announced that $9.7 million worth of additional funding will go to the Giant Steps Melbourne prep-to-year-10 school for autistic children, which opened in Eastern Melbourne, in Kew, back in 2016.
Giant Steps Chair Barry Irvin says that this is such key development for the school, as it will allow them to get more furniture for school classroom, expand their facilities, and, consequently, their service offerings, as well as bolstering staff by increasing numbers and providing better training and support for professionals that deal with autism and the children that live life with it.
The additional funding going to the museum will be added to the $16 million that is currently being raised by its staff for the development of a new building.
Mr.Frydenberg, a Jew and son of a Holocaust survivor, says that it’s paramount for every Aussie to learn what happened during the Holocaust so that history might never repeat itself. He says that the Holocaust museum is helpful when it comes to educating the community at large about this dark chapter of history, as well as the importance of adhering to the values of tolerance, respect, and openness towards our fellow man.