Suzanne Hampel OAM, Co-President of the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Melbourne and Teaching Associate at Monash University
Jewish refugees fleeing Europe at the end of World War II arrive in Australia. National Library of Australia.
Jewish refugees fleeing Europe at the end of World War II arrive in Australia. National Library of Australia.

2023 Kristallnacht Lecture

"Australia's Response to the Holocaust" featuring Suzanne Hampel OAM

Presented by the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 6:00 PM
(registration required)

Join us at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College
(90 Wyman Way, Keene, NH 03435)
OR livestream via Zoom

How did Australia respond to the events that were taking place in Nazi Germany and Europe during and after the Second World War? Australia has a long history of accepting migrants to its shores from all parts of the world. However, there has also been a deep-seated suspicion of, and animosity towards, “foreigners” as exemplified by the White Australia Policy. In this lecture, we will examine the complex relationship that exists when it comes to Jewish migration, focusing on the Australian response to the rise of Nazism, the Evian conference and Kristallnacht, as well as other key developments. In the post war period, discriminatory policies against Jewish migration continued, even after knowledge of the mass murders of Europe’s Jews. Despite these exclusionary policies Australia did eventually receive the most Holocaust survivors on a pro rata population basis. These individuals had a lasting impact on shaping both the Jewish and broader Australian communities.

Suzanne Hampel OAM is the co-President of the Melbourne Holocaust Museum, Australia, and a Teaching Associate at Monash University. Hampel has been recognized for her teaching and community service by receiving numerous awards including a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community through the promotion of understanding and tolerance. As the daughter of a survivor, Hampel places importance on remembering the past to create a more tolerant future. Hampel is a member of the Australian delegation to the IHRA and served as the International Chair of the Education Working Group in 2021. She also is a member of the National Archives of Australia advisory council.

This event is free and open to the public.  Online registration for in-person seating closed on 11/13, but seats are still available. If you wish to join us in person, please sign up on-site at the event when doors open. Registration for livestream viewing is still available on this page.

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This event is part of a special series of events in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and is sponsored, in part, by Ken Burns, Perry Cohen, Rick & Jan Cohen, and Kapiloff Insurance Agency, Inc. We encourage you to learn more about the Center’s history and work, and we hope you will consider supporting our existing and emerging programs as a sponsor.

2023 Kristallnacht Lecture (Livestream)