MEET THE TEAM: THE DURBAN HOLOCAUST & GENOCIDE CENTRE
She established support, secured funding, found premises (twice) and built a team of volunteers and staff. Since the centre opened in March 2008, Mary has still been involved in all aspects of the DHC, including finances, fundraising, refurbishing and forward planning. Working closely with her colleagues in CT and JHB through the centre’s affiliation to the SA Holocaust and Genocide Foundation, Mary’s daily activities are focussed around pursuing the vision of the DHC: building a more caring society. “I absolutely love the work I am involved with at the DHC – every day we have the opportunity to positively influence the hearts and minds of our fellow South Africans, sensitizing them to what can happen if racism is left to go unchecked.”
CALL HER IF… you’d like to discuss your personal connection to the Holocaust, ideas for events we could host or how you can become involved in the centre.
Gugu, is 4th year Education student at UNISA and has several years high school History teaching experience. She describes herself as a poet and activist and these traits are seen in her learning interests and teaching style. Gugu, has a special interest in Holocaust art and will be developing educational programs in this area over the next year. Together with all of the above Gugu also runs DHGC’s social media accounts – so please do follow DHGC online for her exciting updates.
Michelle, has a MA in Religious Studies and is currently completing a Honours in Psychology through UKZN. Before relocating to Durban in 2012 Michelle taught Grade 8 to 12 History in Johannesburg. Michelle describes herself as a curious observer. Michelle believes that teaching is as much about continues learning herself as it is about educating learners. This belief informs her teaching style and lesson choices. Michelle has a special interest in the Holocaust and human behaviour and will be developing educational programs in this area over the next year.
CALL GUGU OR MICHELLE IF: you would like to find out more about our workshops, if you would like to voluteer as a guide, or if you would like to find out any more about Gugu and Michelle’s special interest.
“I enjoy meeting so many people and hearing their amazing stories,” she reveals. “I love interacting with children and I hope that they will understand that life is about the choices we make and the courage to take ownership of those decisions. When a child says ‘today changed my life’ after our workshop then I know we must be doing something right!”
CALL HER IF… you have a suggestion for a speaker or event, or you’d like a guided tour of the DHC for school excursions, adult groups or private individuals. Walk-ins welcome – you’ll usually find Maureen in the office.
Since its inception, the DHGC has depended on a wonderful team of volunteer guides, who selflessly give of their time and passion to teach a new generation about the lessons of the Holocaust. All guides are trained by the centre and lead school groups through the permanent exhibition during an intensive 3.5 hour workshop.“Seeing the children develop emotionally in the short time they are with us is so rewarding,” reveals Bev Oshry, who has been guiding at the DHC for several years. “We have a unique opportunity to open their eyes to a more positive way of seeing people. It’s our privilege and our responsibility.”
If you’re interested in joining our team of guides, call Maureen on 031 368 6833 or email her for more information.
MEET THE TEAM: DHGC GIFT SHOP AND CIRCLE CAFE
CALL HER IF… you’re looking for a gift for a loved one or a special something for your home, you’d like to see a particular product stocked in the gift shop, or you have your own range the gift shop might feature.
CALL HER IF… you need world class kosher meals in Durban.
CALL HER IF… you have menu queries, you’d like to host a private function in the DHGC’s stylish seminar room, or you want the best cheesecake in town (and we mean THE BEST).
CALL THEM IF… you want to book a table, order a takeout, or grab a coffee to go.
CALL THEM IF… you want their secret recipes (but they won’t give them to you!)
CALL HIM IF… you have any Kashrut queries, or you’d like to take him for coffee and cheesecake at the Circle Café (he deserves it!)