Durban Holocaust and Genocide Centre

Durban Holocaust and Genocide Centre

Durban Holocaust and Genocide Centre
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Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Durban Holocaust and Genocide Centre is a place of remembrance for the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust and for other victims of Nazism. The display includes sections on pseudoscience of ‘race’; the roots of antisemitism; and the institutionalized racism of Apartheid. There is also a beautiful Garden of Remembrance, gift shop and The Circle Cafe on site.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Fantajan
Pretoria, South Africa349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I was surprised to find such a well-researched, resourced, and informative museum on genocide in Durban. It honestly is one of the best museums in all of South Africa. While the subject matter is not uplifting, it is an important reminder that the hatred that fuels genocide continues to be fanned, primarily by politicians, across the globe. The museum is an important reminder of the consequences of such hate, once activated. While there is a strong focus on the Holocaust, the beginning of the exhibit focuses on other genocides throughout history. The Holocaust displays are moving, particularly so because they capture the lived experiences of Jewish survivors who immigrated to South Africa in the lead up to, during, and shortly after the Holocaust. Their stories bring everything to life. There was also a special exhibition on photography in the extermination camps that are incredibly moving and hard to look at. We are reminded that must not look away - we must not forget.
Written 2 June 2023
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Nicky
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
This is the most extraordinary museum. It is so powerful in its design and I learned so much. It is a must see in Durban
Written 3 March 2023
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Sandi112
Johannesburg, South Africa126 contributions
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Oct 2022
I did not know such a place existed - I had some time to kill and hotel suggested the visit as it was just around the corner - 5 minute walk from the Maharani. No entrance charge is levied. The exhibit is tastefully done and very informative. While quite sobering and it is all about the horror of genocide - it is deeply moving and something every person should see one or other time in their life. I was privileged to be by myself as I wandered through centre .. not sure if I would have the same experience if I had to share the visit with other people making a noise or would be disrespectful to the messaging. There is a tea / coffee shop where staff are friendly and helpful. I did enjoy my tea after the tour - it provided a little pick me up after the tour.
Written 29 October 2022
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Debs
Durban, South Africa161 contributions
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Feb 2022 • Solo
After 13 yrs, I took a walk to visit this centre. Staff are friendly & helpful.
Museum should be visited by every human so it can serve as a reminder of how to avoid atrocities such as these.

Museum is beautifully cared for, interesting and exhibits are well presented. You need at least an hour or more to wander through.

Reward yourself with a lovely kosher meal afterwards & there is a lovely garden for little people to enjoy while parents eat and can keep an eye on kids.
Written 16 February 2022
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Jonathan Hunter
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Nov 2019
A must see for anyone interested in learning more about a very dark time in human history. The displays are very well presented and located in a way you can browse through for a quick trip or parts where you can stop and read for a more indepth look. The walk through is well lit, clear and the information provided is concise. It would be a mistake to say the displays are easy on the eye considering the subject matter but everything is clear and in print large enough even for those with like myself with eyesight issues. The staff I met were friendly but not too intrusive giving one the freedom to browse and roam at your pleasure. The venue was clean and felt very safe. At the end of the walk through is a lovely memorial garden and a shop where I enjoyed a quick refreshment. Although the central focus of the exhibits were the awful events of the Holocaust, there were sections that dealt with genocide from other parts of the world. A good informative balance was struck between them in my opinion. If you have an hour or two to spare while visiting Durban and need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city I highly recommend this place. A place where you can stop and just dwell for a while on something profoundly important.
Written 10 November 2019
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Thank you for your lovely review of our Centre! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written 21 November 2019
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paul M
Greater London, UK14 contributions
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Mar 2019 • Couples
Our eyes were opened to a sad part of human history . Amazing collection of books , photo’s and artefacts . Was not aware of South Africa’s part in persecution of Jews .
Written 27 March 2019
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Johndvl D
Durban, South Africa56 contributions
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Feb 2019 • Solo
The Durban Holocaust Centre is situated a stone's throw from the palm-fringed Indian Ocean. As you enter you will be transported to the first half of the 20th Century to a time when the most horrendous crime in the history of humanity took place. Even today similar crimes are taken place which is why we must never forget. The Holocaust Center is our reminder just what people are capable of with the right propaganda. The exhibition has been put together in a thought provoking way with moving images, still photography and personal accounts. You cannot fail to be moved by it.
Written 6 March 2019
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